Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

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Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Professor Emerita of Japanese Literature

202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 5111 STB
Phone: 734.647.2092

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Japanese Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Japanese Literature
  • About

    Professor Ramirez-Christensen specializes in classical Japanese literature, especially Heian and medieval poetry, narrative, and criticism.  Her research interests include literary hermeneutics and Buddhist intellectual philosophy, as well as feminist readings of Heian women's writing.  Among her works are Heart's Flower: The Life and Poetry of Shinkei (1994) and "Self-Representation and the Patriarchy in the Heian Female Memoirs" in The Father-Daughter Plot: Japanese Literary Women and the Law of the Father (2001 ).    

  • Education
    • PhD, Japanese Literature, Harvard University, 1983
    • MA, Japanese, University of California (Berkeley), 1973
    • BA, English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines, 1966
  • Awards
    • Faculty Research Grant for the Medieval Poetics, Buddhism, and Sasamegoto Translation Publication Projects, University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 2003-2004
    • Faculty Fellow, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, 1999-2000
    • Career Development Fund for Women Faculty Award, Winter 1999
    • Rackham Faculty Recognition Award, 1998
    • Conference Funding Grants: Japan Foundation, Association for Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, 1997-1998