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Brian Hurley

Brian Hurley

Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, Film, and Culture
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

340C HB Crouse Hall


I began teaching courses at Syracuse on Japanese literature, film, and cultural history in Fall 2016.  I received my Ph.D. in Japanese Literature from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California at Berkeley in 2014.  Before coming to Syracuse, I taught at Arizona State University, the University of San Francisco, and Berkeley. 

My research focuses on the confluences of literature and thought in modern Japan.  I am currently working on a book manuscript that examines a series of dialogues involving prominent writers and thinkers who conspired (or breathed together) in contexts ranging from wartime fascism to Cold War neoliberalism.  The study focuses on writings by novelist Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, linguist Yamada Yoshio, poet Nakano Shigeharu, Marxist intellectual Tosaka Jun, novelist Yokomitsu Riichi, philosopher Miki Kiyoshi, scholar-translator Edwin McClellan, and economist Friedrich Hayek.

My research has appeared (or is forthcoming) in The Journal of Japanese Studies (2013), Representations (2016), The Review of Japanese Culture and Society (2017), and the Japanese-language journal of literary criticism Bungaku (2014 and 2017).  It has earned the support of grants from the Japan Foundation (2016), the Social Science Research Council/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2015 and 2016), and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (2017). 

In addition to teaching and research, I am also involved in several projects at Syracuse that link Japanese Studies to broader humanities dialogues.  I am the organizer of the Japanese Studies Lecture Series, which provides a venue for conversations about the Japanese humanities in global context.  In Spring 2017, I organized the Media Studies and Popular Culture in Contemporary Japan Conference with the support of The Japan Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Humanities Center, among others.  Moving forward, I am working with colleagues to build a Japanese Studies minor that will combine language study with humanities and social science perspectives on aspects of Japanese culture, history, and politics.



LIT 200 Japan Today  

LIT 300 Japanese Literature, Film & Culture 

LIT 200 Popular Culture in Modern Japan