Dr Laurence Mann

Junior Research Fellow in Japanese
Subjects: 
Japanese

Dr Mann started his role as Tanaka Junior Research Fellow in Japanese in October 2018. Previously, he was Departmental Lecturer in Japanese at the Oriental Institute and College Lecturer at Hertford College, Oxford. He is also an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. His doctoral work centred on the Engishiki Norito but, subsequently, he has written more broadly on topics related to sound textures in Old Japanese poetry, and Ryukyuan. In addition to a monograph on the Norito and a diachronic study of rhyme features in Japanese verse, he is currently working on several collaborative projects which investigate linguistic, literary and neurocognitive approaches to the role of sound textures in the poetic heritage of a number of less studied ethnolinguistic traditions.

Teaching activities

Presentations:

  • ‘Rapping up Old Japanese: Manyōshū and Hip Hop’. 3X15 Research Evening. Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Mar. 2019. 
  • ‘Writing and Sound in Old Japanese’. Europe Japan Research Centre Seminar Series. Oxford Brookes University, Feb. 2019.
  • ‘Rhetorical sound textures in the Engishiki Norito and other OJ texts.’ East Asian Linguistics Seminar. University of Oxford, Feb, 2019. 
  • ‘Sound textures in Eastern Old Japanese: Manyōshū Book XX’. Japan Studies Association Annual Conference. Waikiki (Honolulu), Jan. 2019. 
  • ‘The texture of text: rhyme in Old Japanese.’ University of Edinburgh, Oct. 2018.
  • “Meaning augmented by poetic style” (with Manon Jones). East Asian Linguistics Seminar. University of Oxford, Mar. 2018. 
  • “A sound match”. East Asia Interactions Seminar. University of Oxford, Mar. 2018. 
  • “Rhyming in Japonic: Engishiki Norito and Omoro Sōshi”. Japan Studies Association Annual Conference. Waikiki (Honolulu), Jan. 2018. 
  • “Rhetorical Features of the Engishiki Norito”. UCLA Japanese Studies Graduate Student Conference. Los Angeles, 2015.
  • “Translating the Japanese Final Particle ne: some examples from the Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese”. OCCT Oxford Translation Day. Oxford, 2015. 
  • “延喜式祝詞に於ける口誦性” (Engishiki Norito ni okeru kōshōsei: Orality in the Engishiki Norito). Kōbe University Japanese Studies Symposium. Kōbe, 2014. 

Publications

• Mann, Laurence "Rhyming in Japonic: Engishiki Norito and Omoro Sōshi”. Japan Studies Association Journal, 2019 (In preparation).

• Mann, Laurence (as translator). Miura, A. ‘The Triangle of Modern Japanese Yōga - Paris, Tokyo, East Asia’ in East Asian Art History in a Transnational Context, Routledge, 2019.

• Mann, Laurence. “Orality in the Engishiki Norito: Lingering Binarisms in the Study of Texts". Engishiki Kenkyū 30 (2015, Final Edition): 180-202.

• Mann, Laurence.“The Kokinshu, the lyric and the conventional” in R.Aiura et al. (Eds). East Meets West. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014: 118-134.