Dr Mats Karlsson

BA, PhD, Stockholm University
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4715

Biographical details

Mats Karlsson teaches and carries out research in modern Japanese fiction and comparative literature, as well as Japanese cinema. His other interests range over socio-cultural aspects of contemporary Japanese society.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • ASNS3616 Japanese Cinema and Society
  • ICLS2634 Literature and Revolution

Supervision

  • Modern and contemporary Japanese fiction and literary theory
  • Japanese Cinema
  • Contemporary topics, especially with a cultural studies’ approach

Current projects

During Japan’s ‘lost decades’ in the wake of the economic downturn, the so-called Proletarian Cultural Movement of the 1920s and 1930s has experienced a revival and gained a renewed significance. For the younger generation, in particular, the movement’s various portrayals of human exploitation resonate with their own experiences of precarious living and working conditions. Related to this current topic, Dr Karlsson is working on an ongoing project to re-examine the achievements and possibilities of the movement at the grassroots level in fields like literature, film, and education. For a representative related article, see his ‘United Front from Below: The Proletarian Cultural Movement’s Last Stand, 1931-1934’, The Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter 2011.

In addition to this, in the field of cinema, Dr Karlsson is currently pursuing various topics related to the Golden Era of Japanese film in the 1950s; the aesthetics of acclaimed director Ozu Yasujiro, and the reception of film star Hara Setsuko to name a couple. For a related article, see his ‘Setsuko Hara: Japan’s Eternal Virgin and Reluctant Star of the Silver Screen’, in Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures (I.B. Tauris).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Karlsson, M. (2001). The Kumano Saga of Nakagami Kenji. Stockholm: Stockholms Universitet.

Book Chapters

  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Hirabayashi Eiko and the projection of a viable proletarian vision. In Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Roman Rosenbaum (Eds.), Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature, (pp. 102-116). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Setsuko Hara: Japan’s Eternal Virgin and Reluctant Star of the Silver Screen. In Andrea Bandhauer, Michelle Royer (Eds.), Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures, (pp. 51-63). London: I.B. Tauris.
  • Karlsson, M. (2014). Proletarian Writers and the Great Tokyo Earthquake of 1923. In Roy Starrs (Eds.), When The Tsunami Came to Shore: Culture and Disaster in Japan, (pp. 299-317). Leiden: Global Oriental.
  • Karlsson, M. (2012). Literary Appropriations of The Modern: The Case of Akutagawa Ryunosuke And August Strindberg. In Roy Starrs (Eds.), Rethinking Japanese Modernism, (pp. 164-187). Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental.
  • Karlsson, M. (2010). Reading Tenba no fu forty years after the 168 movement. In William Tyler, Suzuki Sadami (Eds.), Ishikawa Jun and postwar Japan, (pp. 272-281). Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies.

Journals

  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Review - Anne Allison, Precarious Japan. Japanese Studies, 35(1), 126-127. [More Information]
  • Karlsson, M. (2013). Hara Setsuko: En studie I kvinnlig frigorelse som gick snett. Orientaliska Studier, 136, 81-96.
  • Karlsson, M. (2013). Thirst for knowledge: women's proletarian literature in Nyonin geijutsu. Japan Forum, 25(3), 346-361. [More Information]
  • Karlsson, M. (2012). An Alternative View of tenko: Hayashi Fusao's Popular Writings for Shinseinen. Japanese Studies, 32(1), 61-76. [More Information]
  • Karlsson, M. (2011). United Front from Below: The Proletarian Cultural Movement's Last Stand, 1931-34. Journal of Japanese Studies, 37(1), 29-59.
  • Karlsson, M. (2009). Writing madness: Deranged impressions in Akutagawa's "Cogwheels" and Strindberg's - Inferno. Comparative Literature Studies, 46(4), 618-644.
  • Karlsson, M. (2008). Kurahara Korehito's road to proletarian realism. Japan Review, (20), 231-273.
  • Karlsson, M. (2005). Boku wa kono ango o bukimi ni omoi…Akutagawa Ryunosuke ‘Haguruma,’ Sutorindoberi, soshite kyoki," Nichibunken Foramu, 2005. Nichibunken.
  • Karlsson, M. (2003). Nakagami to Fokuna. Waseda Bungaku, 11, 40-53.

Textual Creative Works

  • Karlsson, M. (2014). Obei ni okeru Nakagami Kenji hihyo gaikan (A survey of Nakagami Kenji criticism in the West). Nakagami Kenji shu 1 (Nakagami Kenji Selected Works 1), Tokyo, Japan: INSCRIPT.
  • Karlsson, M. (2010). The Crucified lovers: a study in unbridled passion, illustrated, (pp. 3 - 13). Collingwood, Victoria, Australia: Madman.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Kvinnoförebilden som hamnade efter. Svenska Dagbladet.
  • Karlsson, M. (2010). Japansk films kompromisslösa samuraj. Svenska Dagbladet.

2015

  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Hirabayashi Eiko and the projection of a viable proletarian vision. In Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Roman Rosenbaum (Eds.), Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature, (pp. 102-116). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Kvinnoförebilden som hamnade efter. Svenska Dagbladet.
  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Review - Anne Allison, Precarious Japan. Japanese Studies, 35(1), 126-127. [More Information]
  • Karlsson, M. (2015). Setsuko Hara: Japan’s Eternal Virgin and Reluctant Star of the Silver Screen. In Andrea Bandhauer, Michelle Royer (Eds.), Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures, (pp. 51-63). London: I.B. Tauris.

2014

  • Karlsson, M. (2014). Obei ni okeru Nakagami Kenji hihyo gaikan (A survey of Nakagami Kenji criticism in the West). Nakagami Kenji shu 1 (Nakagami Kenji Selected Works 1), Tokyo, Japan: INSCRIPT.
  • Karlsson, M. (2014). Proletarian Writers and the Great Tokyo Earthquake of 1923. In Roy Starrs (Eds.), When The Tsunami Came to Shore: Culture and Disaster in Japan, (pp. 299-317). Leiden: Global Oriental.

2013

  • Karlsson, M. (2013). Hara Setsuko: En studie I kvinnlig frigorelse som gick snett. Orientaliska Studier, 136, 81-96.
  • Karlsson, M. (2013). Thirst for knowledge: women's proletarian literature in Nyonin geijutsu. Japan Forum, 25(3), 346-361. [More Information]

2012

  • Karlsson, M. (2012). An Alternative View of tenko: Hayashi Fusao's Popular Writings for Shinseinen. Japanese Studies, 32(1), 61-76. [More Information]
  • Karlsson, M. (2012). Literary Appropriations of The Modern: The Case of Akutagawa Ryunosuke And August Strindberg. In Roy Starrs (Eds.), Rethinking Japanese Modernism, (pp. 164-187). Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental.

2011

  • Karlsson, M. (2011). United Front from Below: The Proletarian Cultural Movement's Last Stand, 1931-34. Journal of Japanese Studies, 37(1), 29-59.

2010

  • Karlsson, M. (2010). The Crucified lovers: a study in unbridled passion, illustrated, (pp. 3 - 13). Collingwood, Victoria, Australia: Madman.
  • Karlsson, M. (2010). Japansk films kompromisslösa samuraj. Svenska Dagbladet.
  • Karlsson, M. (2010). Reading Tenba no fu forty years after the 168 movement. In William Tyler, Suzuki Sadami (Eds.), Ishikawa Jun and postwar Japan, (pp. 272-281). Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies.

2009

  • Karlsson, M. (2009). Writing madness: Deranged impressions in Akutagawa's "Cogwheels" and Strindberg's - Inferno. Comparative Literature Studies, 46(4), 618-644.

2008

  • Karlsson, M. (2008). Kurahara Korehito's road to proletarian realism. Japan Review, (20), 231-273.

2005

  • Karlsson, M. (2005). Boku wa kono ango o bukimi ni omoi…Akutagawa Ryunosuke ‘Haguruma,’ Sutorindoberi, soshite kyoki," Nichibunken Foramu, 2005. Nichibunken.

2003

  • Karlsson, M. (2003). Nakagami to Fokuna. Waseda Bungaku, 11, 40-53.

2001

  • Karlsson, M. (2001). The Kumano Saga of Nakagami Kenji. Stockholm: Stockholms Universitet.

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