Dr Yasuko Claremont

BA (Tamagawa University); MA, PhD (University of Sydney).
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4500

Biographical details

Dr Yasuko Claremont has been teaching Japanese language, modern Japanese literature, comparative literature and Australian studies since 1984. She specializes in modern poetry and the works of Oe Kenzaburo, the Nobel laureate for literature in 1994. Her wide range of scholarship includes translation, Japanese journals of the 1920s (Josei, Shinseinen and Nyonin geijutsu) and Nô drama.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • JPNS2670 Love and Death in Japanese Novels
  • JPNS2621 Japanese 5
  • JPNS2622 Japanese 6
  • JPNS3631 Japanese 9
  • JPNS3632 Japanese 10
  • ICLS2636: Great Books 2: Innovations, Inspirations
  • ICLS2633: Cities in the World
  • ICLS3630: Literature and Society
  • ICLS3631: What Is Literature? Cross-cultural Views

Supervision

  • Modern Japanese literature, poetry and comparative literature

Current projects

Funded by the Japan Foundation for 2011-2013, Dr Claremont has launched a critical study on the theme of reconciliation related to the Asia-Pacific War (1941-1945) with special attention to Australia and Japan. She has taken leadership in organizing two international conferences, The Asia-Pacific War: Return, Representation, Reconciliation in 2011 and forthcoming Looking back on The Asia-Pacific War: Arts, Cinema, Media in November 2012. Her article, ‘The Pacific War and its Aftermath: A Literary Perspective’ was published in JOSA by December 2012. She has been working on her book chapter, ‘Disaster in Japan: A Case Study’ for the book, Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives which will be published in early 2014.

Associations

  • ACLA: American Comparative Literature Association
  • AJLS: Association of Japanese Literary Studies
  • ASAA: Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • EAJS: European Association of Japanese Studies
  • JSAA: Japanese Studies Association of Australia
  • JCLA: Japan Comparative Literature Association
  • OSA: The Oriental Studies of Australia

Awards and honours

  • 2010 First Annual Jeremy Ingalls Poetry in Translation Award, Kore Press, USA.
  • 2009 Special Award for promoting Japanese literature in Australia from the Inoue Yasushi Foundation, Tokyo
  • 2008 Awarded a Japan Study grant from the National Library of Australia for research relating to Japan using the library resources.
  • 2006 Writing Fellowship, Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney.
  • 2003 Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award

Selected grants

2011

  • Australia and Japan at War in South East Asia (1941 - 1945); Claremont Y, Keene J, Rechniewski E; Japan Foundation, Sydney/Local Grant Program.

2009

  • Inoue Yasushi Photgraphic Exhibition, Forum and Inoue Yasushi Award; Claremont Y; Japan Foundation, Sydney/Local Grant Program.

2008

  • The Shinsein workshop and its subsequent publication project; Claremont Y; Japan Foundation, Sydney/Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conference.

2007

  • The Legacy of Writers Born in Japan in the 1930s; Claremont Y; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Claremont, Y. (2009). The novels of Oe Kenzaburo. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Claremont, Y. (2006). Japanese Prose Poetry. Sydney, Australia: Wild Peony Pty Ltd.

Edited Books

  • Rosenbaum, R., Claremont, Y. (2011). Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation. London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Claremont, Y. (2014). Disaster in Japan: A Case Study. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-Legal Perspectives, (pp. 79-99). Germany: Springer.
  • Claremont, Y. (2012). Evolutionary Aspects of Modernism in Japanese Drama. In Roy Starrs (Eds.), Rethinking Japanese Modernism, (pp. 473-489). Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental.
  • Claremont, Y. (2011). A yakeato poet: Irisawa Yasuo. In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 92-109). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Claremont, Y. (2011). The legacy of Watanabe Kazuo (1901-1975). In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 57-73). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Claremont, Y. (2010). Summation: children of war. In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 229-237). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Claremont, Y. (2007). Contemporary Directions in Japanese Poetry. In Wilkinson, Robert (Eds.), New Essays in Comparative Aesthetics, (pp. 154-161). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Claremont, Y. (2012). The Pacific War and Its Aftermath: A Literary Perspective. JOSA: The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 44, 7-26.
  • Claremont, Y. (2010). Review of Rachel Dinitto's "Uchida Hyakken: a critique of modernity and militarism in prewar Japan". Asian Studies Review, 34(3), 395-397.
  • Claremont, Y. (2009). Modernising Japanese women through literary journals. Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 35(1/2), 42-56.
  • Claremont, Y., Rechniewski, E., Wang, Y. (2009). Modernism and the City: The figure of the flaneur in three modernist literatures. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 41, 57-73.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Book review of "Woman critiques, translated essays on Japanese women's writing" by Rebecca L. Copeland. Asian Studies Review, 32(3), 436-439.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Cultural diversity in higher education (Australia): International students from Asia. International Journal of Learning, 15(6), 89-93.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Oe Kenzaburo: 'The Wondrous Healing Power of Art'. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 39-40(2007-08), 96-110.
  • Claremont, Y. (2007). A Yakeato Poet: Irisawa Yasuo. Japanese Studies, 27(3), 305-319.
  • Claremont, Y. (2007). The Genderless City in Japanese Literature. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(1), 189-202.
  • Claremont, Y. (2007). Translating A No Drama. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(2), 211-225.
  • Rosenbaum, R., Claremont, Y. (2007). Yakeato: An Introduction. Japanese Studies, 27(3), 279-280.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Book Reviews - Modernism in Practice: An Introduction to Postwar Japanese Poetry- Leith Morton. Japanese Studies, 25(2), 205-206.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Chiba Kameo: Tha Making of Modern Japanese Women. Intersections: gender and sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, August 2005(11), 1-13.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Japanese Prose Poetry: Postcards to Donald Evans by Takashi Hiraide. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(1), 127-135.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Modernism and the City: Perceptions of Tokyo: Hagiwara Sakutaro and Nagai Kafu. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(2), 27-38.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Mythology in the Fiction of Oe Kanzaburo. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 36-37(2004-2005), 104-121.
  • Claremont, Y. (2003). A Way a Lone: Writings on Toru Takemitsu, Hugh De Ferranti and Yoko Narazaki (eds). Japanese Studies, 23(3), 314-316.
  • Claremont, Y. (2003). Ethical issues in Modern Japanese Literature. International Yearbook of Aesthetics, 7, 84-98.
  • Claremont, Y. (2003). Modern Japanese Culture: The Insider View, by Leith Morton. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 35, 97-100.
  • Claremont, Y. (2003). Oe Kenzaburo: Themes and Techniques in Misukara waga namida wo nugui tamau hi (The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away). Japanese Studies, 23(2), 157-166.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). Book Review: Kato Shuichi, A Sheep's Song: A Writer's Reminiscences of Japan and the world & Susan Fisher (ed). Nostalgic Journeys: literary Pilgrimages between Japan and the West. Asian Studies Review, 26(4), 524-526.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). Book Review: Southern Exposure: Modern Japanese Literature from Okinawa. Asian Studies Review, 26(4), 527-528.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). From Modernity to Post-modernity: The 'City' in Contemporary Japanese Prose Poems. Japanese Studies, 22(2), 183-189.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). Traces of Bakhtin in the Fiction of Oe Kenzaburo. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 34, 46-63.

Conferences

  • Claremont, Y. (2012). Translation as 'an echo of the original'. The 16th Japanese Language Symposium in Europe, Moers, Germany: The Association of Japanese Teachers in Europe e.V. (AJE).
  • Claremont, Y. (2010). Intercultural communication through a learned language. Internationalising Learning and Teaching in Academic Settings: Engagement, Collaboration and Sustainability, Australia: Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Shinseinen in the interwar period (1920-30). The 17th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), Australia: Monash Asia Institute.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). The self-portrait and the self-image - Reading Watanabe Kazuo's The Wartime Diary. The 31st International Conference on Japanese Literature, Tokyo: National Institute for Humanities.
  • Claremont, Y. (2006). Irizawa Yasuo and his conception of narratives in prose poetry. 16th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2006, Canberra: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).
  • Wang, Y., Claremont, Y., Rechniewski, E. (2005). Modernism and the City: the Figure of the Flaneur in Three Modernist Literatures. AULLA 33 and FILLM Joint Congress.
  • Claremont, Y. (2004). Aboriginal Culture In Contemporary Japanese Literature. Asia Examined: Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2004, Canberra, Australia: Asian Studies Association of Australia & Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies , ANU.
  • Claremont, Y. (2004). Teaching Japanese Throught The Medium Of Literature: Drama, Poetry and Short Stories. The Learning Conference 2003: What Learning Means, Online: International Journal of Learning.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). The Concept of Tradition in Japanese Literature. Beijing Symposium on Aesthetics and Culture, Beijing: Chinese Society for Aesthetics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 2nd Foreign Languages University.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). The Endurance of Liberal Thought: Fukuzawa Yukichi. Asian Studies Association of Australia 14th Biennial Conference (ASAA), Hobart: Conference Design Pty Ltd.

Other

  • Claremont, Y. (2004), Translation: 'A small house and five gentlemen', by Betsuyaku Minoru.

2014

  • Claremont, Y. (2014). Disaster in Japan: A Case Study. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-Legal Perspectives, (pp. 79-99). Germany: Springer.

2012

  • Claremont, Y. (2012). Evolutionary Aspects of Modernism in Japanese Drama. In Roy Starrs (Eds.), Rethinking Japanese Modernism, (pp. 473-489). Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental.
  • Claremont, Y. (2012). The Pacific War and Its Aftermath: A Literary Perspective. JOSA: The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 44, 7-26.
  • Claremont, Y. (2012). Translation as 'an echo of the original'. The 16th Japanese Language Symposium in Europe, Moers, Germany: The Association of Japanese Teachers in Europe e.V. (AJE).

2011

  • Claremont, Y. (2011). A yakeato poet: Irisawa Yasuo. In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 92-109). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Rosenbaum, R., Claremont, Y. (2011). Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation. London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Claremont, Y. (2011). The legacy of Watanabe Kazuo (1901-1975). In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 57-73). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2010

  • Claremont, Y. (2010). Intercultural communication through a learned language. Internationalising Learning and Teaching in Academic Settings: Engagement, Collaboration and Sustainability, Australia: Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney.
  • Claremont, Y. (2010). Review of Rachel Dinitto's "Uchida Hyakken: a critique of modernity and militarism in prewar Japan". Asian Studies Review, 34(3), 395-397.
  • Claremont, Y. (2010). Summation: children of war. In Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (Eds.), Legacies of the Asia-Pacific war: the yakeato generation, (pp. 229-237). London, New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2009

  • Claremont, Y. (2009). Modernising Japanese women through literary journals. Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 35(1/2), 42-56.
  • Claremont, Y., Rechniewski, E., Wang, Y. (2009). Modernism and the City: The figure of the flaneur in three modernist literatures. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 41, 57-73.
  • Claremont, Y. (2009). The novels of Oe Kenzaburo. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2008

  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Book review of "Woman critiques, translated essays on Japanese women's writing" by Rebecca L. Copeland. Asian Studies Review, 32(3), 436-439.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Cultural diversity in higher education (Australia): International students from Asia. International Journal of Learning, 15(6), 89-93.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Oe Kenzaburo: 'The Wondrous Healing Power of Art'. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 39-40(2007-08), 96-110.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). Shinseinen in the interwar period (1920-30). The 17th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), Australia: Monash Asia Institute.
  • Claremont, Y. (2008). The self-portrait and the self-image - Reading Watanabe Kazuo's The Wartime Diary. The 31st International Conference on Japanese Literature, Tokyo: National Institute for Humanities.

2007

  • Claremont, Y. (2007). A Yakeato Poet: Irisawa Yasuo. Japanese Studies, 27(3), 305-319.
  • Claremont, Y. (2007). Contemporary Directions in Japanese Poetry. In Wilkinson, Robert (Eds.), New Essays in Comparative Aesthetics, (pp. 154-161). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Claremont, Y. (2007). The Genderless City in Japanese Literature. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(1), 189-202.
  • Claremont, Y. (2007). Translating A No Drama. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(2), 211-225.
  • Rosenbaum, R., Claremont, Y. (2007). Yakeato: An Introduction. Japanese Studies, 27(3), 279-280.

2006

  • Claremont, Y. (2006). Irizawa Yasuo and his conception of narratives in prose poetry. 16th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2006, Canberra: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).
  • Claremont, Y. (2006). Japanese Prose Poetry. Sydney, Australia: Wild Peony Pty Ltd.

2005

  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Book Reviews - Modernism in Practice: An Introduction to Postwar Japanese Poetry- Leith Morton. Japanese Studies, 25(2), 205-206.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Chiba Kameo: Tha Making of Modern Japanese Women. Intersections: gender and sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, August 2005(11), 1-13.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Japanese Prose Poetry: Postcards to Donald Evans by Takashi Hiraide. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(1), 127-135.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Modernism and the City: Perceptions of Tokyo: Hagiwara Sakutaro and Nagai Kafu. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(2), 27-38.
  • Wang, Y., Claremont, Y., Rechniewski, E. (2005). Modernism and the City: the Figure of the Flaneur in Three Modernist Literatures. AULLA 33 and FILLM Joint Congress.
  • Claremont, Y. (2005). Mythology in the Fiction of Oe Kanzaburo. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 36-37(2004-2005), 104-121.

2004

  • Claremont, Y. (2004). Aboriginal Culture In Contemporary Japanese Literature. Asia Examined: Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2004, Canberra, Australia: Asian Studies Association of Australia & Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies , ANU.
  • Claremont, Y. (2004). Teaching Japanese Throught The Medium Of Literature: Drama, Poetry and Short Stories. The Learning Conference 2003: What Learning Means, Online: International Journal of Learning.
  • Claremont, Y. (2004), Translation: 'A small house and five gentlemen', by Betsuyaku Minoru.

2003

  • Claremont, Y. (2003). A Way a Lone: Writings on Toru Takemitsu, Hugh De Ferranti and Yoko Narazaki (eds). Japanese Studies, 23(3), 314-316.
  • Claremont, Y. (2003). Ethical issues in Modern Japanese Literature. International Yearbook of Aesthetics, 7, 84-98.
  • Claremont, Y. (2003). Modern Japanese Culture: The Insider View, by Leith Morton. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 35, 97-100.
  • Claremont, Y. (2003). Oe Kenzaburo: Themes and Techniques in Misukara waga namida wo nugui tamau hi (The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away). Japanese Studies, 23(2), 157-166.

2002

  • Claremont, Y. (2002). Book Review: Kato Shuichi, A Sheep's Song: A Writer's Reminiscences of Japan and the world & Susan Fisher (ed). Nostalgic Journeys: literary Pilgrimages between Japan and the West. Asian Studies Review, 26(4), 524-526.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). Book Review: Southern Exposure: Modern Japanese Literature from Okinawa. Asian Studies Review, 26(4), 527-528.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). From Modernity to Post-modernity: The 'City' in Contemporary Japanese Prose Poems. Japanese Studies, 22(2), 183-189.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). The Concept of Tradition in Japanese Literature. Beijing Symposium on Aesthetics and Culture, Beijing: Chinese Society for Aesthetics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 2nd Foreign Languages University.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). The Endurance of Liberal Thought: Fukuzawa Yukichi. Asian Studies Association of Australia 14th Biennial Conference (ASAA), Hobart: Conference Design Pty Ltd.
  • Claremont, Y. (2002). Traces of Bakhtin in the Fiction of Oe Kenzaburo. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 34, 46-63.

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