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David C. Stahl

Professor, Japanese Program Coordinator

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies


Stahl studied modern Japanese literature at UCLA, Yale University and The Tokyo Institute of Technology, and he has taught Japanese Studies courses at Middlebury College, Dōshisha University, Williams College and Binghamton University. His major publications include: The Burdens of Survival:Ōoka Shōhei’s Writings on the Pacific War (2003), Imag(in)ing the War in Japan: Representing and Responding to Trauma in Postwar Literature and Film (2010; co-edited with Mark B. Williams), Trauma, Dissociation and Re-enactment in Japanese Literature (2018) and Film and Social Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film (2020).


  • PhD Yale University
  • MA, University of California Los Angeles
  • BA, University of California Santa Barbara

Research Interests

  • Modern Japanese literature and film
  • Unresolved issues from the Asia Pacific War
  • Examination of traumatic Japanese narratives in trauma/PTSD studies terms
  • Ideology, propaganda, master narrative and counter narrative studies
  • Japanese-English literary translation

Teaching Interests

  • Survey courses on modern Japanese literature and Japanese Cinema
  • Artistic representation of Japanese Asia Pacific War experience
  • Unresolved issues from modern Wars in Asia
  • Social trauma and its psychosocial aftereffects
  • Dissociation and recovery

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