Beth M. Carter

Section Head, Assistant Professor of Japanese

Guilford House 313

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Carter’s area of research is mourning rituals and practices in classical Japanese literature with a special emphasis on The Tale of Genji. She also has a secondary interest in representations of women in premodern Japanese texts. Her work introduces the concept of “mourning poetics,” or the way authors layer codified mourning ritual with structures of time and poetic lament to further shape character’s expressions of grief, clarify relationships, and negotiate the divide inherent in death.
She has been the recipient of the Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship (Kyoto, Japan in 2013 and 2015) and the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship for Advanced Asian Language Study (Yokohama, Japan in 2014), among others.

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