Christopher Bush (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA) is Associate Professor of French and Program Director of Comparative Literary Studies.
His research and teaching focus on comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to literary modernisms, especially the interactions between Euro-American and East Asian aesthetic theory, avant-gardes, and media.
His current book project, The Floating World: Japoniste Aesthetics and Global Modernity (under contract with Columbia University Press), challenges conventional notions of “japonisme” as a nostalgic reverie of a vanishing Old Japan. Reading Euro-American literary, critical, and cinematic uses of Japan in the context of Japanese modernization, the book argues for a tradition of “japoniste aesthetics” that represents a complex and self-conscious response to globalization, from the age of Impressionism to postmodernism.
His previous publications include Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media (Oxford, 2010); articles in such journals as Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, and Representations; and a collaborative translation and critical edition of Victor Segalen's Stèles (Wesleyan, 2007; winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work). An electronic companion volume is available at www.steles.org.
He is the recipient of a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to pursue training in the field of modern Japanese literary studies (2011-14), the Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professorship in Literature (2013-15), and currently serves on the Executive Committee of Northwestern’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
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