FASS Staff Profile

DR LIM BENG CHOO
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT of JAPANESE STUDIES

Appointment:
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Office:
AS8/05-09
Email:
jpslimbc@nus.edu.sg
Tel:
65165012
Fax:
67761409
Homepage:
http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/jpslimbc/
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Brief Introduction

After graduating from the Department of Japanese Studies with a BA (Hons) and a MA, I worked briefly as an interpreter before pursuing my PhD in East Asian Literature at Cornell University with an Overseas Research Scholarship from NUS. My dissertation, supervisd by Professor Karen Brazell (1938 - 2012), was on noh in the late Muromachi period. My book, Kanze Nobumitsu nad the Late Muromachi Noh Theater, published by Cornell East Asian Series, is based on this dissertation. 

Over the years I have explored various areas of research, not due to lack of discipline (in both sense of the word), but also due to the attractive nature of these areas. I have spent time in University of California, Berkeley; Ritsumeikan University, Hosei University and Historiography Institute, University of Tokyo doing different projects. Presently, my main projects include translation and analysis of noh plays; contemporary comedy films and traditional performance in digital scholarship

In terms of administrative responsibilities, I have been the Deputy Head and the Graduaet Coordinator of the department, and on faculty committees including the Faculty Curriculum Review Committee and the Graduate Studies Conference Committee.

 


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Teaching Areas

I have taught various courses since joining the department. Following are courses that I have been teaching in the past three years:

  • Research and Writing in Japanese Studies
  • Graduate research in Japanese Studies
  • Introduction to Japanese Studies
  • Japanese Film and Anime
  • Translation: theory and practice

 


Graduate Supervision

Current PhD & MA students:

  • Amethy Lu Zihui: Contemporary Japanese Theatre in Japanese Visual Entertainment Industry Value-chain (PhD)
  • Gao Yang: Pictorialized Stage: Transmission and Reception of the Discourse on the Japanese Performers in Europe at the Turn of the Century (PhD)
  • Diana Papyan: Japanese garden in the west - cultural and historical implications (MA)

 

Past PhD & MA students:

  • Takiguchi Ken: The History Of The Theatre Exchange Between Japan and Southeast Asia (PhD, 2012)
  • Eve Loh Kazuhara: Taisho Nihonga Art Collectives (MA, 2016)
  • Yao Huijun: A Postcolonial Analysis of Cultural Practices of Ainu Museums in Hokkaido (MA, 2014)
  • Yuen Shu Min: Pop-Idol Concerts in Contemporary Japan - Queering Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity (MA, 2008)
  • Wang Hongyu: Fantastic Elements, Special Families and Feminine Power in Healing - A Study of Yoshimoto Banana's Novels (MA, 2006)
  • Baryon Posadas: Memory, Mirrors and Missing Women: Metafictive Narrative Strategies and the Doppelganger Motif in the Fictions of Abe Kobo and Murakami Haruki (MA, 2004)

 


Current Research

  • http://performct.nus.edu.sg (digital humanities, phase 1 completed, quarterly update in October)
  • Traditional Japanese Performance in Contemporary Time (Paper & Edited volume, in progress)
  • 50-year of Japanese performance troupes in Singapore (1965 - 2016), a joint-project with Tham Wai Fong (Paper & exhibit, in progress)
  • Chinese presence in noh plays (Paper, in progress)

Research Interests

  • Traditional performance in digital humanities;
  • Japanese-Chinese interactions in premdoern Japanese theater;
  • Noh analysis and translation

 



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