Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
262 Decio Hall
- MA, PhD, Columbia University, 1981
- BA in Japanese, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1973
- BA in English, California State University-Northridge, 1972
Michael Brownstein has been teaching courses on Japanese language and culture at Notre Dame since 1982. His dissertation and subsequent publications centered on the Meiji Period writer Kitamura Tokoku (1868-1894) and Meiji Period literary thought, especially the impact of Western literary criticism on Japanese writers in the late 19th century. His current research interests, however, concern the Tokugawa Period dramatist Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725). Brownstein is working on a book-length critical study of Chikamatsu's "domestic dramas" (sewamono), which will include translations of three Chikamatsu plays. In addition, he has attended performance workshops on the Noh drama and Kyogen in Kyoto, Japan.