Patrick Luhan

Japanese Program

Patrick received his B.A. in Mathematics and Japanese Literature from Columbia in 2004 at which point he worked in investment banking, helped manage a Japanese art gallery, and wrote for Harper's Magazine before continuing as an M.A. student of Japanese Literature at Columbia. For his 2006 M.A. thesis, Patrick explored the didactic character of the prodigal son in popular literature from the 1780s and translated two satirical picture books. Currently, he is delving further into the world of kabuki and its influence on conceptions of revenge, love, economy and family in early modern literature as a doctoral candidate at Berkeley. Writ large, Patrick's interests include the nineteenth century, the relation between history and narrative, the boundaries of image and text, and the reception of French literature in Japan.