Yumiko HulveyS. Yumiko Hulvey

Associate Professor of Japanese


431 Grinter Hall
(352) 392-4916


S. Yumiko Hulvey joined UF in 1990 and teaches both Japanese language and literature courses in the Department of African & Asian Languages & Literatures as an Associate Professor of Japanese Literature. She earned her doctorate in Classical Japanese Literature from the Oriental Languages Department at the University of California, Berkeley,. Her research involves vernacular Japanese literature, both poetry and prose, written by aristocratic women who served at the royal court in Kyôto from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries.

Her book, Sacred Rites in Moonlight: Ben no Naishi Nikki, published by the Cornell East Asia Series, provides the historical and literary contexts that stimulated the production of a poetic memoir that focused on the public role of a naishi (female courtier) in service to Go-Fukakusa, the 89th sovereign of Japan. The book analyzes the importance of rituals performed to legitimize the rule of the royal family including the three sacred regalia—the Mirror, the Sword, and Jewels—and how these are integrally related to the Japanese creation myth and the celestial image of the moon under which enthronement ceremonies were conducted.

She has also published articles and translations in Monomenta Nipponica, Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, Japan Studies Review, book chapters in Japan in Traditional and Post Modern Perspectives, Body Politics and the Fictional Double, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Medieval Japan, Women Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, and translation and articles in online journals, e.g. Words without Borders and Simply Haiku.

Department of African & Asian Languages & Literatures

470 Grinter Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-5565
P: 352.392.2422







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431 Grinter Hall
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Gainesville FL 32611
P: 352.392.4916