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Ashton Lazarus is Assistant Professor of Japanese literature and performance. His research focuses on performance and literature in medieval Japan, particularly folk performance cultures and their relationship to social order and elite authority. His broader interests include literary and cultural studies, performance history, and musicology.

Publications - monographs and articles

(in progress) Performing Transgression in Early Medieval Japan (monograph)

(2018) “Folk Performance as Transgression: The Great Dengaku of 1096,” Journal of Japanese Studies 44:1, 1–23. DOI: 10.1353/jjs.2018.0000

(2014) “Envisioning Difference: Social Typology and Exhaustive Listing in Fujiwara no Akihira’s An Account of the New Monkey Music,” Proceedings of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies 15, University of Chicago

Publications - reviews

(2018) “Review of Terry Kawashima, Itineraries of Power: Texts and Traversals in Heian and Medieval Japan,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 81:1, pp. 180–81.

Recent conference papers

(2019) “Animate Objects: Kemari as Symbolic Pursuit in Early Medieval Japan,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Denver