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Dr. Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll
Professor
Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Studies

mdriscol@email.unc.edu
New West 319

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Research

My research primarily focuses on the East Asia region between 1895, when Japan began its project to colonize Taiwan, Manchuria, and Korea, and 1945, when the Allied Powers dismantled Japan’s extensive empire. I explore colonially inflected transformations in political and economic organization, philosophy, psychology, and literature, and focus on gender, sexuality, and ethnicity to carefully situate Japan’s rise to power. This work draws on my extensive academic training in the United States, France, and Japan; fluency in Japanese, proficiency in Chinese, and basic reading skills in Korean; and over five years of archival and field research in Japan and China. My published work cuts across several disciplines: postcolonial studies, cultural history, critical race and ethnicity studies, Asian studies, philosophy, and literature.

Courses

  • ASIA 211: The Silk Road: Markets, Metaphysics, and Music
  • ASIA 211: The Silk Road: Markets, Metaphysics, and Music
  • ASIA 233: Drugs, Sex, and Sovereignty in East Asia, 1800-1945
  • ASIA 233: Drugs, Sex, and Sovereignty in East Asia, 1800-1945
  • JAPN 277: Empire of Sex: Eroticism, Mass Culture, and Geopolitics in Japan, 1945-Present
  • JAPN 277: Empire of Sex: Eroticism, Mass Culture, and Geopolitics in Japan, 1945-Present
  • JAPN 375: The Culture of Modern, Imperial Japan, 1900-1945
  • JAPN 375: The Culture of Modern, Imperial Japan, 1900-1945
  • ASIA 730: The East Asian Anthropocene: Culture, Climate and Colonialism in Japan and China

Publications

My most recent book, published by Duke University Press in 2010, is Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead in Japan's Imperialism, 1895-1945.

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