Martin Holman

Martin Holman
Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese, Coordinator of Japanese
443 Strickland Hall
573-882-3368
The Old Capital

The Old Capital
also available from Amazon

The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories

The Dancing Girl of Izu
and Other Stories
also available from Amazon

Shadows of a Sound

Shadows of a Sound 
also available from Amazon

The Book of Masks

The Book of Masks 
also available from Amazon

The House of Twilight

The House of Twilight 
also available from Amazon

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
also available from Amazon

Education: 

Ph.D. (ABD), 1989, University of California
MA, 1987 Brigham Young University
BA, 1981 Brigham Young University

I came to the University of Missouri in 2005 as coordinator of the Japanese Studies Program, having taught Japanese language, literature, and theater, and Korean literature, and having worked in international programs administration at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Berea College in Kentucky, and Huron University College in Ontario, Canada. I have also lived for nearly ten years in Japan, where I taught Japanese literature at Wakayama University near Osaka and served as resident director of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in the city of Hikone in Shiga Prefecture and the Associated Kyoto Program Center (AKP) at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

My research interests center on Japanese fiction of the mid-twentieth century, particularly the works of Yasushi Inoue and Yasunari Kawabata, who was the first Japanese to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as modern Korean fiction. I have also published English translations of works of Japanese literature by Kawabata, Inoue, and Yuko Tsushima, and also modern Korean writers, Hwang Sun-won and Yun Heung-gil.

I have taught a range of courses that includes Japanese language at all levels, Japanese literature in the original and in English translation, traditional and modern Japanese theater. literary translation, and modern Korean literature.

I have also led many study programs for American students in Japan. In summer 2006, I will be taking 20~30 students from MU and other American colleges and universities on a nine-week program to Japan in which the participants will study Japanese language, culture, and theater, with a particular emphasis on the tradtional puppet theater known as Bunraku. For more information on Study Abroad through the Japanese Studies Program, see here.

My activities also include directing and performing in the traditional Japanese puppet theater. I was the first non-Japanese to train and perform as a puppeteer in the traditional puppet theater in Japan, and I now direct the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, which consists largely of alumni of my programs in Japan. Bunraku Bay has performed traditional Japanese puppetry at venues across the United States and Japan, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. For information on Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, see here.

Recent Publications: 

Books

The Old Capital. (Translator) A translation of one of the three novels cited by the Nobel Committee when Yasunari Kawabata won the Prize for Literature in 1968. Berkeley: North Point Press, 1987. Professor Holman's new completely-revised translation was published in February 2006 by Shoemaker & Hoard.

The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories. (Translator) A translation from the Japanese of a collection of short fiction by Nobel laureate, Yasunari Kawabata, written during the 1920s, including his most famous short story, The Dancing Girl of Izu. Washington, DC: Counterpoint Press, 1998.

Shadows of a Sound. (Editor and Translator) Collected short stories by Korean author Hwang Sun-won. San Francisco: Mercury House, 1990.

The Book of Masks. (Editor and Translator) A translation of stories from Korean author Hwang Sun-won's last published collection. London: Readers International, 1989.

The House of Twilight. (Editor and Translator) Collected short stories by Korean author Yun Heung-gil. London: Readers International, 1989.

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. (Translator, with Lane Dunlop) A collection of 71 examples of Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata's short short fiction, written throughout his career, from the 1920s through 1973. Berkeley: North Point Press, 1988.


Selected Articles

Yasunari Kawabata in Great World Writers: Twentieth Century. Ed. Patrick J. O'Neil. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2004.

Yasunari Kawabata in The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

Snow Country in The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.