Faculty Profile


Judith N Rabinovitch

Judith N Rabinovitch

Karashima Tsukasa Prof Emerita of Japanese Lang and Culture

Email: rabinovitchj@mso.umt.edu
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Prof. Rabinovitch has retired from UM effective May 2015 but may be reached at any time through email at rabinovitchj@mso.umt.edu. 


Current Position

Dr. Judith N. Rabinovitch is Karashima Tsukasa Professor Emerita of Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Montana. She fomerly served as Section Head and taught Japanese language and literature at UM from 1992 to 2015. 

Courses

Prof. Rabinovitch's primary research interest is classical kanshi (poetry in Chinese) with a particular focus on the poetry of the Heian period (ca. 900-1200). A secondary interest is the linguistic evolution of “variant Chinese” literary styles and kuge nikki, courtier diaries in variant Chinese dating from the Heian and Kamakura periods. At UM, Judith taught the history of the Japanese language and survery courses on Japanese literature of all periods, as well as modern Japanese.

Education

B.A., University of Washington, in Far Eastern Languages and Literatures; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University, in East Asian Languages and Civilizations

  

Research Interests

Prof. Rabinovitch has a particular interest and expertise in kanshi (poetry in Chinese) of the Nara and Heian periods (ca. 700-1200). A secondary interest is the linguistic evolution of “variant Chinese” literary styles and kuge nikki, courtier diaries in variant Chinese dating from the Heian and Kamakura periods. Judith is currently working with Prof. Timothy R. Bradstock on a second anthology of Heian kanshi poetry. With Tim, she has published two additional books devoted to somewhat more recent Edo-period kanshi, including a volume dealing with a private collection of informal, decorative ‘tanzaku’ kanshi composed by artists, writers and scholars living in Kyoto during the 18th and 19th century. Judith gratefully acknowledges past research support from the Japan Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Fulbright, Yale University Council on EA Studies, The Ohio States University, and the Japanese Institute of Harvard University. 

Projects

WORK IN PROGRESS: 

The Diary of Lady Kenju Gozen, ca. 1219; a study and translation of an early 13th century diary written by a leading female court poet and high-placed lady-in-waiting, the daughter of Fujiwara no Shunzei

Kanshi Poetry of the Japanese Court; a Study and Translation of Selected Works

Field of Study

Japanese language and literature, with a special interest in classical literature and poetry, both in the vernacular and in Chinese domesticated styles. Judith's research specialization is Japanese literature recorded in variant Chinese styles, in particular, the early war tales, poetry (the kanshi genre), and private courtier diaries (kuge nikki). 

Selected Publications

BOOKS/MONOGRAPHIC STUDIES

“Paulownia Leaves Falling: The Kanshi Poetry of Inaga Nanpo (1865-1901) Japan Review  21 (August 2009), International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto. With Timothy R. Bradstock.

Dance of the Butterflies: Chinese Poetry from the Japanese Court Tradition: Translated and Edited with Introductions and Commentaries,Cornell University’s East Asian Monograph Series, 2006.  With Timothy R. Bradstock.

The Kanshi Poems of the Ozasa Tanzaku Collection: Late Edo Life through the Poetry of Kyoto Townsmen. International Research Center for Japanese Studies Monograph Series, #5. International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, 2002.  With Timothy R. Bradstock.

An Anthology of Kanshi [Chinese Verse] by Japanese Poets of the Edo Period (1603-1868):  Translations of Selected Poems with an Introduction and Commentaries. The Edwin Mellen Press, NY, 1997.  With Timothy R. Bradstock.

“Wasp Waists and Monkey Tails: A Study and Translation of Hamanari's Uta no shiki [The Poetic Code, 772], also known as Kakyo Hyoshiki [A Formulary for Verse Based on the Canons of Poetry],” in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 51.2 (Dec 1991).

Shomonki: The Story of Masakado's Rebellion, pub. by Monumenta Nipponica [Monograph series #58] (Tokyo:  Sophia University, 1986).  

 

 

Publications

Book, Shōmonki: The Story of Masakado's Rebellion, pub. by Monumenta Nipponica [Monograph series #58] (Tokyo:  Sophia University, 1986). 

Monographic article: “Wasp Waists and Monkey Tails: A Study and Translation of Hamanari's Uta no shiki [The Poetic Code, 772], also known as Kakyō Hyōshiki [A Formulary for Verse Based on the Canons of Poetry],” in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 51.2 (Dec 1991), pp. 471-560 

Book, An Anthology of Kanshi [Chinese Verse] by Japanese Poets of the Edo Period (1603-1868):  Translations of Selected Poems with an Introduction and Commentaries by Timothy R. Bradstock and Judith N. Rabinovitch.  The Edwin Mellen Press, NY, 1997. 

“Nihongo no Midare to Mirai ” (The Chaotic State of the Japanese [Honorific] Language and Its Future,” in Japanese, published in Nichibunken (Journal of Japanese Studies Research) no. 2 (Spring 2001),  pub. by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto.

With Timothy R. Bradstock, “Early Edo Kanshi Poetry,” in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japanese Literature, edited at Columbia University, 2015.

"The Road Not Taken: A Tenth-Century Kanshi Dialogue, translated with commentaries by Judith Rabinovitch and Timothy Bradstock, University of Montana. Forthcoming in book volume, Cornell University (ca 2016-).

“An Introduction to Variant Chinese, a Hybrid Sinico-Japanese Used by the Male Elite in Premodern Japan,” Journal of Chinese Linguistics (University of California, Berkeley) vol. 24, no. 1 (Jan 1996).

“Some Literary Aspects of Four Kambun Diaries of the Japanese Court:  Translations with Commentaries of Excerpts from Uda Tenno Gyoki, Murakami Tenno Gyoki, Gonki, and Gyokuyo,” in The Journal of the Humanities, Sec. II, no. 39, Yokohama University (Oct 1992)

“Hentai Kanbun”and “Toyo Kanji” in Encyclopedia of Japan (Kodansha), 1983.

WORK IN PROGRESS: 

BOOK: Kanshi Poetry of the Japanese Court; a Study and Translation of Selected Works.

 

 

 

Honors

Phi Kappa Phi, University of Montana; University of Montana Faculty Teaching Honor Citation; Distinguished Service Award from Shanghai International Studies University; Yale University Council on East Asian Studies Research Grant; Fellow of Calhoun College, Yale University; Japan Institute of Harvard University Research Grant; President's Medalist, University of Washington; Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington; Japan-America Society Award (Seattle area); other research grants/support from Japan Forum, Japan Foundation, Nichibunken (IRCJS), JSPS, Fulbright-Hayes, SSRC, and the Ministry of Education, Japan.

 

Specialized Skills

Judith has a teaching degree (jun-shihan) and natori status in shamisen (a three stringed traditional Japanese instrument) with the Fujimoto School (Tokyo); she is also famiiar with the nagauta repertoire for shamisen. Whie attending school in Sendai and Kyoto, Judith studied sumi-e (monochrome) painting, flower arranging, koto, and shodo (calligraphy).

Teaching Experience

Prof. Rabinovitch taught Japanese at The Ohio State University, Yale University, and Auckland University in New Zealand before joining the faculty at UM.

 

Other past academic affiliations: Visiting Professor at International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto; JSPS Research Fellow, Yokohama University and Nagoya University; Japanese Ministry of Education Invited Professor, Shokei University; SSRC/Japan Foundation Dissertation Research Fellow, Waseda University, Tokyo; Graduate Research Affiliate in Japanese Literature, Kyoto University; Teaching Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

 

Professional Experience

Japanese translation and interpretation; transcription and translation of art inscriptions in Chinese and Japanese

International Experience

Overseas research fellowships held in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, and Nagoya; teaching appointments in Kumamoto, Japan, in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, and in Auckland, New Zealand. Other periods spent in Canada and England.

 

Affiliations

Association for Asian Studies

Association of American Teachers of Japanese

Fulbright Alumni Association

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association