William Lee



Ph.D. McGill University
M.A. Carleton University
B.A.  University of Victoria

Associate Professor and Director, Asian Studies Centre

Research and Teaching Interests:

Japanese literature and theatre; Japanese folk performing arts; Japanese popular Culture.

 Photo courtesy of William Lee


Asian Studies Centre


470 University College
220 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3T 2M8

Tel (204) 474-6427
Email: William.Lee@umanitoba.ca



ASIA 1770 Introduction to Japanese

ASIA 2620 Japanese Civilization

ASIA 2670 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation

ASIA 3520 Japanese Theatre


Select Publications:

The Silver Age of Japanese Poetry. By Alexander Dolin. Translation editor William Lee. Akita: Akita International University Press, 2010. “Monkey,” “Saipaharaharan,” and “The Virgin and the Deer.” Three Taiwanese myths translated from the Japanese. Taiwan Literature: English Translation Series. 24. January   2009. 59-64.

“Entering the Pure Land: Hanamatsuri and the Ōkagura JÇdo-iri Ritual.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. 33.1. 2006.

Fifteen Views of a Japanese Village.  Prints by Derek Cowan, text by William Lee. Cumberland, B.C.: Cowan and Tetley, 2004.

“Zen, Bushidō, and Anime: Some Reflections on Orientalism and the Study of Japan.” Changing Japanese Identities in Multicultural Canada.  Eds. Joseph F. Kess, et. al.Victoria: Centre for Asian-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, 2003.

“Artistic Direction in Takechi Kabuki.”  English translation with commentary of the essay “Takechi Kabuki no Enshutsu,” by Takechi Tetsuji.  Asian Theatre Journal. 20.1.2003.

“The Stone-Cutting Feat of Kajiwara.”  Translation of the kabuki play Kajiwara HeizÇ Homare no Ishikiri).  Brilliance and Bravado.  Vol. 1 of Kabuki Plays on Stage. Eds. James Brandon and Samuel L. Leiter.  Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 2002.

“Folk Performing Arts,” “Kabuki,” Mingei,” and “Science Fiction.”  Entries in Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture.  Ed. Sandra Buckley. London: Routledge. 2001.

“Kabuki as National Culture: A Critical Survey of Japanese Kabuki Scholarship.”  A Kabuki Reader: History and Performance.  Ed. Samuel L. Leiter. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. 2001.

“Japanese Folk Performance: The Politics of Promotion and Preservation.”  Japanese Theater and the International Stage.  Eds. Stanca Scholz-Cionca and Samuel L. Leiter.  Leiden: Brill,   2001. 

 “Chikamatsu and Dramatic Literature in the Meiji Period.”  Inventing the Classics: Canon Formation, National Identity, and Japanese Literature.   Eds. Haruo Shirane and           Tomi Suzuki.   Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2001. 179-198.

“From Sazae-san to Crayon Shin-chan: Family Anime, Social Change, and Nostalgia in Japan.” Japan Pop! Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture.  Ed. Tim Craig.  Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.  2000.