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About Doris G. Bargen

Doris G. Bargen, Ph.D. from Eberhard-Karls Universitat, Tübingen, Germany, 1978. Bargen has published in three areas of interdisciplinary research: the Japanese classics (A Woman’s Weapon: Spirit Possession in The Tale of Genji, 1997), the early modern Bakumatsu and Meiji/Taishô periods (Suicidal Honor: General Nogi and the Writings of Mori Ôgai and Natsume Sôseki, 2006), and postwar literature and culture (articles in Monumenta Nipponica, the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, and in The Woman’s Hand). She received a Choice Book Award (1997), a UMass Faculty Research Grant (Healey) and grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Japan Foundation. She has developed courses at all levels, including a yearlong capstone honors seminar on "Sacrifice and Martyrdom in Japanese Culture." Most recent research interests focus on courtship in the art, architecture, and literature of Heian Japan.


Present Professor of Japanese, Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Honors and Awards

  • Choice Book Award, 1997

Contact Information

439 Herter Hall
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

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