Matthew Mewhinney

Matthew Mewhinney

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 357C
East Asian Languages and Cultures (MA)
Office Hours

On Research Leave Fall 2022. Please contact via email.

Matthew Mewhinney earned both a B.A. in Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies (2006) and a M.A. in Asian Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara (2009), and a Ph.D. in Japanese Language from University of California, Berkeley (2018). His research interests include lyric poetry & theory, literati culture, and narrative in premodern and modern Japanese literature. Such concentrations speak to broader interests in literary translation, the imagination, subjectivity, and the philosophy of form.

His first book Form and Feeling in Japanese Literati Culture (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan) examines how four writers transformed the Japanese literati (bunjin) tradition by creating new poetic forms of irony and lyricism. His current project explores how the sonic dimension of literary form mediates a sympathetic/empathetic connection between text and reader through the process of reading.

Research Interests

Japanese literature and culture
Lyric poetry and theory

Courses Taught

East Asian Humanities
Conceptualizations of the Imagination in East Asia and Beyond
War and Representation
Touched by Japanese Cinema
Prewar Japanese Literature
Postwar Japanese Literature
Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 
Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation
Reading Modern Japanese Literature
Life-Writing in Japan
Translating Japanese

Selected Publications

The Pheasant’s Call and the Sound of Sympathy.” Japanese Language and Literature 56, no. 1 (April 2022): 1-41.

Translating ‘Jamesian Precisions’ in Natsume Sōseki’s Light and Dark.” The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture 15, no. 1 (December 2021): 77-113. 

Evincing Experience: Lyric in Natsume Sōseki’s Recollecting and Such.” Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies 20 (2021): 157-167.

“British Romanticism in Classical Chinese: The Pastoral in Natsume Sōseki’s Kanshi.” Poetica: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies 82 (December 2014): 115-132