Joshua Scott Mostow

Professor of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Art, Department of Asian Studies, The University of British Columbia


Dr. Mostow received two research fellowships from the Japan Foundation, once in 1994/95 and again in 2017. He was also the recipient of a Japan Foundation Dissertation Research Grant in 1984/85. Dr. Mostow carried out his research at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. Regarding the impact of the fellowships on his career, Dr. Mostow called them “absolutely essential.”

The dissertation fellowship, on Uta-e and inter-relations between poetry and painting in Classical Japan, allowed me time in Japan to research my topic and build a network of scholars. Mid-career fellowship on joryū nikki bungaku allowed me to finish my tenure book and start research on my second monograph. Most recent fellowship on medieval Ise monogatari reception and Hyakunin isshu as popular literary allowed me to strengthen ties with Japanese colleagues old and new who can serve as mentors for my graduate students.

Dr. Mostow has published extensively throughout his career. Below are select publications that emerged as a result of his research in Japan.

Courtly Visions: The Ise Stories and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation. Japanese Visual Culture series no. 12, Brill Press (Leiden), 2014.

At the House of Gathered Leaves: Shorter Biographical and Autobiographical Narratives from Japanese Court Literature. University of Hawai’i Press, 2004.

Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image. University of Hawai’i Press, 1996.

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Edo-Period Prints and Paintings (1600-1868), with Asato Ikeda. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum (2016).

The Ise Stories: Ise monogatari, with Royall Tyler. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2010.