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

  • JPNS3674 Japanese Literary Tradition
  • JPNS3675 Japanese Cinema
  • JPNS6908 The Underside of Modern Japan
  • 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

In the wake of the economic crisis in Japan, the proletarian literature of the early twentieth century is currently experiencing a revival and reappraisal. The younger generation, in particular, is turning to authors like Kobayashi Takiji, whose portrayal of the exploitation of the working classes resonates with their own experiences. In short, they find points in common with what they themselves, the so-called “working poor,” have to endure in Japan today.

Related to this current topic, Dr Karlsson is working on a manuscript for a monograph with the working title The Proletarian Cultural Movement in Japan Revisited. This study takes a broad look at the proletarian movement of the late twenties and early thirties. By focusing on the practicalities in fields like literature, film, and theatre, and by highlighting its role as a counter movement against state-sanctioned culture, the study seeks to explore the movement’s inherent but non-realized possibilities

For articles related to this project, see Karlsson’s “United Front from Below: The Proletarian Cultural Movement’s Last Stand, 1931–34,” The Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter 2011, and “Kurahara Korehito’s Road to Proletarian Realism,” Nichibunken Japan Review, No. 20, 2008 (retrievable at: http://www.nichibun.ac.jp/graphicversion/dbase/review_e.html).

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. (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. (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 ang�? o bukimi ni omoi…Akutagawa Ryūnosuke ‘Haguruma,’ Sutorindoberi, soshite ky�?ki," Nichibunken F�?ramu, 2005. Nichibunken.
  • Karlsson, M. (2003). Nakagami to F�?kun�? Waseda Bungaku, 11, 40-53.

Textual Creative Works

  • Karlsson, M. (2010). The Crucified lovers: a study in unbridled passion, illustrated, (pp. 3 - 13). Collingwood, Victoria, Australia: Madman.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Karlsson, M. (2010). Japansk films kompromisslösa samuraj. Svenska Dagbladet.

2014

  • 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 ang�? o bukimi ni omoi…Akutagawa Ryūnosuke ‘Haguruma,’ Sutorindoberi, soshite ky�?ki," Nichibunken F�?ramu, 2005. Nichibunken.

2003

  • Karlsson, M. (2003). Nakagami to F�?kun�? Waseda Bungaku, 11, 40-53.

2001

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

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