Peter Tillack


Office: Gaines 118D
Phone: 994-6441

Fall 2017 Classes:

JPNS 150D Japanese Culture & Civilization, MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m.

JPNS 361IH Japanese Text & Cinema, MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.


Spring 2018 Classes:

JPNS 321 Modern Japanese Literature, MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.

JPNS 325IH Others in Japanese Literature & Culture, MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m.


Research Interests

Modern & contemporary Japanese literature; literary/filmic representations of social space during Japan's "economic miracle."



B.A. in English, University of Arizona-Tucson, 1987

M.A. in Asian Studies, University of Oregon-Eugene, 1997

Ph.D. in East Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Oregon-Eugene, 2006


Recent Publications:

Engaging Banality

Engaging Banality: Stories of the Salaried Life by Kuroi Senji features three of the best-known works of Kuroi Senji's early career. "Hole and Sky" (1968), Time (1969) and Running Family (1970) received widespread critical attention in Japan and have been reprinted many times, yet none has been translated until now. In its own way each story reveals the profound ambivalence increasing numbers of Japanese began to feel toward their lives as their desires were channelled into the nation's single-minded goal of achieving high-speed economic growth. The stories are preceded by a critical introduction that situates Kuroi's development and ethos as a writer within the context of profound socio-cultural change spanning the end of World War II through the early 1970s.
ISBN: 978-9004339606