Katherine Saltzman-Li

Katherine Saltzman-Li
Ph.D., Stanford University

Associate Professor

Specialization: Japanese Literature, Theater, and Comparative Literature

Office: HSSB 2237

Office Hours: Please check each quarter.

Email:ksaltzli@eastasian.ucsb.edu

With a Ph.D. from the Department of Asian Languages at Stanford University, Katherine Saltzman-Li studied Japanese literature and pre-modern performing arts with support from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Whiting Foundation, and Japan Foundation. Her teaching includes courses on pre-modern theatre and literature, Classical Japanese, Japanese folklore, and Comparative Literature. Her research is primarily on pre-modern Japanese theatre, especially kabuki. Her book, Creating Kabuki Plays: Context for Kezairoku, “Valuable Notes on Playwriting” (Brill, 2010) is organized around a study of the only extant Edo-period treatise fully devoted to the work of the playwright. It examines kabuki play creation and playwrights, as well as interactions among various artistic groups of the latter half of the Edo Period.

Saltzman-Li has published studies on other aspects of kabuki and kabuki treatises, as well as translations of two early kabuki plays: the quintessential Edo-style piece “Shibaraku” and the puppet-derived “Sanemori Monogatari.” Current research includes work on jidaimono (“period plays”), woodblock prints of the Noh theatre, and otogizôshi (a genre of medieval and early Edo-period short prose fiction).

Publications

Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age, Cornell University Press, 2022 (Co-edited volume)

Creating Kabuki Plays Book Cover

Creating Kabuki Plays: Context for Kezairoku, “Valuable Notes on Playwriting.” E.J. Brill, 2010.

Selected Articles

  • “Communicating the Power of Identity: The Tsurane of ‘Shibaraku'” in A Kabuki Reader, History & Performance, ed. by S. Leiter. M.E. Sharpe, 2002.
  • “‘Shibaraku’ (Just a Minute!)” Introduction and Translation. In Kabuki Plays on Stage, Vol.1: Brilliance & Bravado, 1697-1766, ed. by Brandon & Leiter. University of Hawaii Press, 2002.
  • “‘Sanemori Monogatari’ (The Samemori Story)” Introduction and Translation. In Kabuki Plays on Stage, Vol.1: Brilliance & Bravado, 1697-1766, ed. by Brandon & Leiter. University of Hawaii Press, 2002.
  • “Romantic Male Role Types: Kabuki’s Nimaime and the Innamorato of Commedia dell’Arte”. Text & Presentation, 2010.
  • “Kabuki Knowledge: Professional Manuscripts and Commercial Texts on the Art of Kabuki” in Publishing the Stage, Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan, Shimazaki & Kimbrough, ed. Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011.
  • “Tsukioka Kōgyo’s Noh Prints: Revival and Performance.” Impressions, No. 37, 2016.
  • “From Ataka to Kanjinchō: Adaptation of Text and Performance in a Nineteenth-Century Nō-Derived Kabuki Play.” Mime Journal, Vol. 27, 2021.
  • “Performing Trauma and Lament: Gendered Scenes of Samurai Anguish on the Eighteenth-Century Kabuki Stage” in Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age, Oyler & Saltzman-Li, ed. Cornell University Press, 2022.

Courses Taught

  • Japanese 80 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature
  • Japanese 110A: Classical Japanese Literature
  • Japanese 110B:Medieval Japanese Literature
  • Japanese 111: Japanese Folklore
  • Japanese 125: Intermediate Japanese Reading
  • Japanese 149: Traditional Japanese Drama
  • Japanese 169/269: Seminar in Traditional Japanese Drama
  • Japanese 181: Classical Japanese
  • Comparative Literature 31: Major Works of Asian Literatures
  • Comparative Literature 173: Life Stories
  • EACS 4A: East Asian Traditions, Pre-modern
  • EACS 212: Canon Formation, Periodization, and Disciplinarity in East Asian Studies
  • INT 94MC The Cultural Roots of the Japanese Horror Film (Freshman Seminar)
  • INT 94NH Introduction to Comparative Literature (Freshman Seminar)