About Dr Yasuko Claremont

Dr Yasuko Claremont’s research interests include: modern Japanese poetry, fiction and drama; literary connections between Australia and Japan; translation studies; comparative literature; women’s studies; and Japanese aesthetics.

The chair of the department of Japanese Studies, Dr Yasuko Claremont, draws on methods associated with literary theories, comparative literature studies and social-history in her cross-disciplinary research on modern Japanese literature, comparative literature and Australian studies. Dr Claremont is currently working on a Japanese journal, Nyonin geijutsu (Women’s Arts, 1928-1932), and she is organizing a 2-day international workshop on this journal at the University of Sydney on 11-12 February 2010. This will be the third workshop in a row that Dr Claremont has organized, the others being the yakeato (the burnt-out-ruins) generation project in 2006-2007 (with Roman Rosenbaum) and the Shinseinen (Youth, 1920-1950) project in 2008. Dr Claremont is currently supervising a PhD thesis on Korean representations in Japanese literature and Research Masters projects on Japanese colonial literature. She has previously supervised postgraduate research projects on autonomy in Japanese literature, postwar Japanese literature and Japanese tanka poet, Nakajô Fumiko.

Selected publications

Recent Books
  • Roman Rosenbaum and Yasuko Claremont (eds). July, 2010. Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War: the yakeato generation London: Routledge. (forthcoming)
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2009. The Novels of Ôe Kenzaburô, London: Routledge.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2006. Japanese Prose poetry, The University of Sydney East Asian Series No. 16, Sydney: Wild Peony.
Recent Book Chapters
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2010. ‘A Yakeato Poet: Irisawa Yasuo’, ‘The Legacy of Watanabe Kazuo (1901-1975)’ and ‘Children of War: Concluding Words about the Yakeato Generation’. Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War: the yakeato generation, London: Routledge. (forthcoming)
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2007. ‘Contemporary Directions in Japanese Poetry’, New Essays in Contemporary Aesthetics, Newcastle. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2006. ‘Japanese Prose Poetry: Postcards to Donald Evans by Hiraide Takashi’, Before Pangaea: New Essay in Transcultural Aesthetics, the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics.
Recent Journal Articles
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2009. ‘Modernizing Japanese Women Through Literary Journals’, HECATE, St Lucia, Brisbane: The University of Queensland Press. 42-56.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2008. ‘Ôe Kenzaburô: ‘The Wondrous Healing Power of Art, The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, Vol, 39-49 (Part 1).
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2007. ‘Translating A Nô Drama’, The Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics. 209-223.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2007. ‘The Genderless City in Japanese Literature’, The Journal of Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics. 189-202.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2007. ‘The self-portrait and the self-image – Reading Watanabe Kazuo’s Wartime Diary’, Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Japanese Literature, Tokyo: National Institute of Japanese Literature. 137-145.
  • Yasuko Claremont, William Renner and Fredericka van der Lubbe. 2007. ‘Inclusive equity: A fair go for all’, Synergy, 26. 2-6.
  • Yasuko Claremont. ‘Modernism and the City: Perceptions of Tokyo: Hagiwara Sakutarô and Nagai Kafû’, The Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics. 27-38.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2005. ‘Chiba Kameo: The Making of Modern Japanese Women’, Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context, http://wwwsshe.murdoch.edu.au/intersections/about_inter.html
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2004. ‘Aboriginal culture in contemporary Japanese literature’ Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2004-2005. ‘Mythology in the Fiction of Ôe Kenzaburô, The Journal of the Oriental 
    Society of Australia, Vol. 36-37, 2004-2005. 104-121.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2004. ‘Ethical issues in Modern Japanese Literature’, Ethics in Aesthetics, International 
    Association for Aesthetics, Vol. 7. 84-00.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2003. ‘Ôe Kenzaburô: Themes and Techniques in Mizukara waga namida o nugui 
    tamau hi (The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away), Japanese Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2,  September, 2003. 157-166.
Translations
  • Yasuko Claremont. 2004. ‘A small house and five gentlemen’ by Betsuyaku Minoru, a play which I have translated into English. The Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics, Vol.14, No.1.
  • Yasuko Claremont. 1996. Dying in a Japanese Hospital (Byôin de shinu to iu koto, Fumio Yamazaki,  Shufu no tomo, 1992), Tokyo: The Japan Times. 171pp.