Matthew Mewhinney earned both a B.A. in Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies (2006) and a M.A. in Asian Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara (2009), and a Ph.D. in Japanese Language from University of California, Berkeley (2018). His research interests include lyric poetry & theory, literati culture, and the relationship between prose and poetry in premodern and modern Japanese literature. Such concentrations speak to broader interests in literary translation, the imagination, subjectivity and the philosophy of form.
He is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the transformation of lyric thinking in Japanese literati (bunjin) culture from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. The book shows how Edo period poet-painters Yosa Buson and Ema Saikō, and Meiji period writers Masaoka Shiki and Natsume Sōseki each fashion a lyric subjectivity constituted by the kinds of blending found in literati painting and poetry.
He was a Fulbright Fellow at Waseda University in 2016-2017, and taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Boston University in 2018-2019.
Japanese literature and culture
Lyric poetry and theory
Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (JPT 3122)
Reading Modern Japanese Literature (JPN 4130/ 5900)
- “British Romanticism in Classical Chinese: The Pastoral in Natsume Sōseki’s Kanshi,” in Poetica 82 (December, 2014).