Van C Gessel

Van C Gessel

Professor, Asian & Near Eastern Languages

3075 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae



He has published six translations of works by the Japanese Christian novelist Endo Shusaku, including: The Samurai and Scandal; the most recent, Deep River, was published by New Directions in 1995. He co-edited, with Reid Neilson, a volume of essays titled, “Taking the Gospel to the Japanese: 1901 to 2001,” and served as co-editor, with J. Thomas Rimer, of “The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature” (Volume 1 published in 2005, Volume 2 in 2007). 


PhD, Columbia U., 1979


Research interests include: 20th Century Japanese fiction; Japanese Christian writers; literary translation; modern Japanese drama