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June 2, 2020

Professor Glynne Walley receives Presidential Fellowship in Humanistic Study and Sibley Translation Award

Professor Glynne Walley is the recipient of a 2020-21 Presidential Fellowship in Humanistic Study. He will be using the award to continue work on his translation of one of the most important literary works in East Asian history: Nansō Satomi hakkenden (Eight Dogs of the Satomi of Southern Fusa; Eight Dogs for short) by Kyokutei Bakin. Serialized in Japan between 1814 and 1842, Eight Dogs is possibly the longest novel in the world; the most recent edition runs to some 6,000 pages in twelve volumes. Eight Dogs was massively popular at the time of its initial publication, it played a crucial role in the establishment of modern Japanese literature, and its influence can still be seen in literary, visual, and popular culture today.

Eight Dogs is the subject of Professor Walley’s 2017 monograph Good Dogs: Edification, Entertainment & Kyokutei Bakin’s Nansō Satomi hakkenden (Cornell East Asia Series). The translation is projected to appear in eight volumes from Cornell East Asia Series. The first volume is scheduled to be published in spring 2021 and has already received the 2018-19 William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation from the University of Chicago, a prestigious prize that underscores the significance of this project. (


Please join the department in congratulating Professor Walley for receiving this award to continue his work on this much awaited translation. His masterful translations are making this hugely important novel available to a wide audience of English-language readers.

March 24, 2020

A message from EALL’s department head

Hello East Asian Studies students! I am the head of the East Asian Languages & Literatures department. Given the many disruptions caused by COVID-19, we understand the sense of uncertainty many feel in our academic and personal lives. One thing that will not be disrupted, however, is our faculty’s commitment to student learning and well-being. While we move to online learning for the spring term, please rest assured that all EALL faculty are working hard to ensure a transition that is as seamless as possible. No doubt many of you have already heard from your spring term instructors. If you have not, you will very soon. 


As always, we are here to support you inside and outside the classroom. Please refer to the EALL webpage for staff and faculty advisor contact information. Even if we will not be able to meet in person, we will be looking for ways to maintain a virtual sense of community as much as is possible, so please be on the lookout in the weeks and months ahead for more announcements from the department. 


In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can help!




Rachel DiNitto

Department Head

East Asian Languages & Literatures

February 21, 2020

Professor Glynne Walley featured in Around the O

EALL’s Japanese Professor Glynne Walley’s research on traditional Japanese ghosts and monsters and early modern print culture is the subject of an upcoming Around the O article,

January 6, 2020

EALL Faculty Awards

EALL Faculty Awards

CAS 2020 Summer Stipend for Humanities and Creative Arts Faculty – Kaori Idemaru

OHC Research Fellowship – Jina Kim, Earnest G. Moll Research Fellowship in Literary Studies

OHC Teaching Fellowship – Luke Habberstad, and Kaori Idemaru, EALL 199 Writing in East Asian: From Graphs to GIFS, Coleman Guitteau Professorship in Humanities

October 18, 2019

EALL Ranks Top 5 Nationally

According to a recent survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is among the most robust programs in the United States for studying the language and culture of East Asia. Based on number of majors, the Chinese and Japanese programs both rank fourth, and EALL as a whole ranks fifth among departments of East Asian languages, literatures, and linguistics. Congratulations to everybody in the department and thank you to our fantastic community of students and faculty!

March 27, 2019

Professor Habberstad Awarded Luce/ACLS Fellowship

EALL Assistant Professor Luke Habberstad has been selected for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship. Luke will be conducting research and writing in China for his next book, tentatively entitled “Water Control and Political Culture in Early Imperial China.” The book will examine both the role of water control in establishing the early Chinese empires and the representation of hydraulic engineering in early texts. Luke’s research will explore how hydraulic engineering emerged as a field of knowledge after imperial unification, emphasizing in particular the connections between hydraulic engineering, the consequences of environmental manipulation, and shifting notions of imperial space. While in China, he will be in residence at Minzu University in Beijing, collaborating with historical geographers as well as archaeologists who have recently completed comprehensive studies of water control projects from the Warring States, Qin, and Han periods.

July 31, 2018

Alumna Named Winner of Prestigious Research Prize

Shu Yang, EALL PhD 2016 and currently Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, has won the Young Scholar Award of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS), in recognition of her paper “Wrestling with Tradition: Early Chinese Suffragettes and the Modern Remodeling of the Shrew Trope.” The award was announced at the biennial EACS conference, held August 29-September 1, 2018, in Glasgow, Scotland. For more information about the conference and the prize, see here. Congratulations to Shu Yang!