Professor Mark Williams

Core Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Japanese literature of the immediate postwar period
  • Christianity in Japan

BA, MA Oxford; MA, PhD University of California, Berkeley.
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From September 2011 -August 2014, Professor Williams is on leave of absence from the University of Leeds, and is Vice-President at Akita International University, Japan.


Key Publications

  • 'Crossing the Deep River: Endo Shusaku and the Problem of Religious Pluralism', in K. Doak (ed.) Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.
  • 'Shiina Rinzo: A Literary Response to the "Overcoming Modernity" Symposium', M. Williams, in R. Starrs (ed) Modernism in Contemporary Japan, 2011.
  • Imag(in)ing the War in Japan: Representing and Responding to Trauma in Post-war Japanese Literature and Film, M. Williams & D. Stahl, eds, Brill, 2010.
  • 'Writing the traumatized Self: Tenko in the Literature of Shiina Rinzo', in ibid.
  • 'Accuracy or Fidelity? On Translating the Literature of Endo Shusaku', in Bulletin of the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language 10, 2009.
  • 'Gendai Nihon bungaku ni okeru "tasha"' (The 'Other' in Modern Japanese Literature), in Exploring Japanese Literary Research from an Overseas Perspective: Beyond Inside and Outside, The National Institute of Japanese Literature, 2006.
  • Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature: A Critical Approach, M. Williams & R. Hutchinson (eds.), London: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2006.
  • 'Free to Write: Confronting the Present, and the Past, in Shiina Rinzo's Utsukushii onna', in ibid; Endo Shusaku: A Literature of Reconciliation. Routledge, 1999.
  • Japan and Christianity: Impacts and Responses, Breen and Williams (eds.). Macmillan, 1996.
  • Foreign Studies (trans. of Endo Shusaku, Ryugaku), Peter Owen, 1989.
  • The Girl I Left Behind (trans. of Endo Shusaku, Watashi ga suteta onna), 1994.
  • Recent publications include articles in Japan Forum, Asian Cultural Studies, Christianity and Literature, the Bulletin of SOAS, the Anglo-Japanese History Project, etc.