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Dr Poch, Daniel Taro

Assistant Professor


Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2006University of HeidelbergM.A. in Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies and German Literature
2011Waseda UniversityM.A. Japanese Literature
Columbia UniversityMPhil.
2014Columbia UniversityPh.D. in Japanese Literature

A native from Berlin, Daniel joined the Department of Japanese Studies at HKU as an Assistant Professor in the fall semester 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in Japanese Literature from Columbia University (2014) as well as M.A. degrees from Waseda University (Japanese Literature, 2011) and the University of Heidelberg (Japanese Studies, Classical Chinese Studies and German Literature, 2006).

Daniel’s main research area is modern as well as early modern Japanese literature, with a strong focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries. His dissertation examined the continuities and shifts in discourses and textual practices surrounding desire, emotionality and amorous sentiment – often connected to the historical notion of ninjô or “human feeling” – in Japanese writings from the late Edo-period to the end of Meiji. The genres and authors discussed included Tamenaga Shunsui’s ninjôbon, Kyokutei Bakin’s monumental narrative Nansô Satomi hakkenden (1814-42), early Meiji-period translations and political novels as well as the fiction and literary theory of Tsubouchi Shôyô and Natsume Sôseki, among others.

In addition to turning his dissertation into a book, Daniel also plans a more comparative project focusing on 20th century Japanese literature through the lens of modernism as a transnational and global literary aesthetic. Through this project Daniel hopes to integrate his longstanding reading interests in German and French literature as well as in literary and aesthetic theory.

Daniel has received grants from the German National Merit Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Canon Foundation in Europe, Japan Foundation, and the Lord Ito Shinjo Fellowship fund. While he was a high school student, Daniel also studied classical piano at the University of Fine Arts Berlin as a Julius-Stern fellow.

Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
09/2013-presentMemberAssociation for Asian Studies
06/2005-presentMemberEuropean Association for Japanese Studies
04/2017-presentMemberAmerican Association of Teachers of Japanese
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Modern and early modern Japanese literature, including the early modern-modern divide
Japanese literature in transcultural and comparative perspectives (China-Japan-Europe)
History of literary thought and theories of literature in Japan
History of feelings, sexuality and gender
Genre theory, especially poetry and the emergence of the Japanese novel in the Meiji period
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, French, Japanese, German英語、法語、日語、德語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, French, Japanese, German英文、法文、日文、德文
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