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Kendra's primary interests are in Heian and medieval poetry, including poetic travel diaries, poetic theory, and official and private collections. Her research also revolves around issues of representing geography and landscape in text and image, canon construction, performance, and poetic theory and composition through early modern and modern periods.
Kendra's dissertation will examine how travel is represented across a range of genres during the Muromachi period, particularly in poetic travel diaries and individual poems that deal with important places in the literary canon (utamakura). By combining geography (landscape and realm) with poetry (canon and political performance), she suggests that poetic travel diary texts aspire to participate in canon construction, and reflect the broader project of describing space, and travel through it, in medieval Japan. Constructing a theory for travel writing will also help elucidate the act of representing travel in general, whether within or beyond the borders of what is considered Japan at different points in history.
Asian Languages & Cultures
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