search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Laurence KOMINZ

DF (1980), PF (1992)

Fellow Information:
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Middle Name
Last Name
Portland State University
Professor of Japanese
Contact Address:
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Address 1
Dept. of World Languages and Literatures, Portland State University, PO Box 751
Address 2 (optional)
Zip Code
United States
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Literature

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I teach Japanese literature in translation, and with readings in Japanese for advanced students. I also teach Japanese drama courses, and teach students how to perform kyogen plays in both English and in Japanese. Occasionally I direct English-language kabuki productions. My scholarly interests focus on Japanese traditional drama: historical research, critical analysis, translation, performance studies.

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (Columbia University)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1985
Field: Literature
University: Columbia University

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: The Japan Foundation Fellowship introduced me to scholars of Japanese literature and drama who would become colleagues and mentors even after the fellowship period ended. It also introduced me to libraries and resource collections that I would use for thirty years after the fellowship ended. During my fellowship period in Kyoto I studied practical theater training in kygen and giday-bushi that I use in drama classes every year, and that make it possible for me to teach and direct performances of traditional Japanese theater by my students.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: Reunions at different locations around the USA would be enjoyable, and an opportunity for younger scholars to network with older Japan Foundation Fellowship alumni.