Asian Literature, Religion and Culture

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 10

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • three years of study in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese language
  • academic writing sample (approximately 25 pages)
  • TOEFL minimum score of 600 paper-based or 250 computer-based

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • Asian religions
  • Chinese philology
  • classical Chinese literature
  • classical Japanese literature
  • East Asian literature and culture
  • Korean literature
  • modern Chinese literature
  • modern Japanese literature
  • South Asian literature and culture
  • Southeast Asian literature and culture

Minor concentrations

  • Chinese linguistics
  • Japanese linguistics
  • Theory and Method

The Field of Asian Literature, Religion and Culture offers students interested in pursuing advanced studies of the literature, culture, religion(s), and intellectual history of any given region in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.


Students are required to take, for credit, twelve to fourteen courses (six or seven during the first year) and complete an M.A. thesis by the end of the second year. Students who wrote an M.A. thesis (in English) in their major subject before matriculation at Cornell may request a waiver of the thesis requirement. Each student then chooses three areas of specialization (usually two in the major discipline and one in another literature, theoretical field, or a different discipline) and chooses one faculty member to represent each concentration. The student works with this faculty committee to define the three areas and prepare appropriate reading lists. By the end of the third year the student must pass written and oral examinations in each subject (these are called Admission to Candidacy Exams or A Exams). By the time of the A Exams, students must be fluent in their major language and have at least a reading knowledge of a second Asian language and one non-English European language. Doctoral students are encouraged to spend a year in Asia for advanced language training or dissertation research. Teacher training and one year of classroom teaching are part of the professional preparation.

Application: Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college.
Applicants are generally expected to have significant language preparation before application (at least three years’ competency for those interested in an East Asian literature).  Prior work in literature, culture, religious studies, or the intellectual history of an Asian area is desirable. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores and a writing sample.

 

Nicholas Admussen -- Concentrations: classical Chinese literature; modern Chinese literature; Research interests: contemporary Chinese Literature, poetry and prose poetry
Anne Blackburn -- Concentrations: South Asian literature and culture; Southeast Asian literature and culture; Research interests:
Bronwen Bledsoe -- Concentrations: South Asian literature and culture; Research interests: Nepalese Buddhism; South Asian religious traditions in Nepal
Daniel Boucher -- Concentrations: Asian religions; Research interests: East Asian religions; Buddhism
Yun Jung (Ellie) Choi -- Concentrations: Korean literature; Asian religions; Research interests: modern Korean literature, film, and intellectual history
Brett de Bary -- Concentrations: modern Japanese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: Japanese literature; comparative literature
Pedro Erber -- Concentrations: modern Japanese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: modern Japanese novel; visual culture; Japanese avant garde art
Arnika Fuhrmann -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian literature and culture; Research interests: Film and Gender studies, with particular expertise on Thailand
Daniel Gold -- Concentrations: South Asian literature and culture; Research interests: south asian religions; north indian devotional traditions; modern indian religious movements; indian devotional verse; meditation traditions in south asia
Edward Gunn -- Concentrations: modern Chinese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: Chinese literature
Vivo profile David Holmberg -- Concentrations: South Asian literature and culture; Research interests: myth and ritual studies; ethnology of the himalayas and south asia; sherpa buddhism
Janice Kanemitsu -- Concentrations: classical Japanese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: pre-modern and early modern Japanese literature; Japanese theatre
Jane Marie Law -- Concentrations: modern Japanese literature; classical Japanese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: Japanese religions
Kathryn March -- Concentrations: South Asian literature and culture; Research interests: sex and gender in cross-cultural perspective; ethnology of the himalayas; inner asia and south asia; anthropological approaches to the study of buddhism.
Larry McCrea -- Concentrations: South Asian literature and culture; Research interests: Sanskrit studies, South Asian religious and intellectual history.
Daniel McKee -- Concentrations: classical Japanese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: Japanese literature; art history
Robin McNeal -- Concentrations: modern Chinese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: ancient and modern Chinese history; Chinese literary sources
Naoki Sakai -- Concentrations: classical Japanese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: Japanese literature and intellectual history; comparative literature
P. Steven Sangren -- Concentrations: East Asian literature and culture; Research interests: chinese religion and society; cultural and social anthropology; ideology and power related to gender; myth and religious symbols.
Keith Taylor -- Concentrations: classical Chinese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: Vietnamese studies
Ding Xiang Warner -- Concentrations: classical Chinese literature; modern Chinese literature; Asian religions; Research interests: Chinese literature; Medieval Chinese poetry; Chinese pedagogy
John Whitman -- Concentrations: Japanese linguistics; Asian religions; Research interests: Japanese linguistics
Andrew Willford -- Concentrations: South Asian literature and culture; Research interests: sociocultural anthropology; ethnicity; nationalism; globalization; symbolism;religious revivalism; hinduism; islam; malaysia; india

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Thak Chaloemtiarana -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian literature and culture; Research interests:

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