Jennifer Guest


Associate Professor of Japanese; Fellow of The Queen's College 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / The Queen's College


Research Interests:

Early to medieval Japanese literature, particularly kanbun; the reception of Chinese texts and knowledge in Japan; literary primers and commentaries; comparative perspectives on literary education, manuscript culture, and the transmission of classical languages; literacy studies; gender and women's literature; humour and wordplay in premodern Japanese literature

Current Projects:

  • a monograph examining Heian and medieval kanbun education (primers, commentaries, and their creative literary adaptations) with reference to questions of literacy, literary language, and cultural contact
  • an article on two poetic adaptations of kanbun primers, Mōgyū waka and Hyakuei waka, and their implications for the interplay of written styles in early medieval Japan

Courses Taught:

  • Classical Japanese
  • Kanbun
  • Classical Japanese literature (various subject and text options)
  • participating lecturer in Premodern East Asia survey course

Recent Publications:

  • “Shingafu ryakui to  Mōgyū – “Shin gafu” no setsuwateki sokumen (Condensed Meaning of the New Ballads and Tang Child`s Treasury: Anecdotal Aspects of Bai Juyi`s “New Ballads”)", in Kōno Kimiko and Wiebke Denecke eds., Nihon ni okeru "bun" to "bungaku" (Benseisha Press, 2013)


  • “Women Poets in Court Poetry Salons”, by Tabuchi Kumiko, in Haruo Shirane, Waka Opening Up to the World: Language, Community, and Gender (Benseisha Press, 2012)
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