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Pedro Bassoe

Japanese Program

ptbassoe@berkeley.edu

Pedro Bassoe received his B.A. in Anthropology and Japanese Language from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 2010 and his M.A. in Japanese Literature from the University of Oregon in 2012. His master’s thesis focused on kirishitanmono by Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, or stories that imagined the activities of Jesuit Portuguese missionaries in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. In his thesis, he explored Akutagawa’s use of obscure language and a fantasized Christian-Japanese dialect that exoticized his subject while also seriously engaging with the theological implications of the Christian religion. He is currently interested in the aesthetic treatment of various religions in modern Japanese literature, visuality and spatiality in the arrangement of a narrative logic, problems of fate and causality in determining narrative outcomes, and examining the use of various bungotai styles in Meiji texts as technologies of representation rather than as outdated or neo-classical forms. His authors of interest include Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Ozaki Kōyō, Kōda Rohan, Higuchi Ichiyō, and Izumi Kyōka.