Dr. Shimazaki’s areas of research include early modern Japanese theater and popular literature; the modern history of kabuki; gender representation on the kabuki stage; sound and visual media; and the interaction of performance, print, and text. Dr. Shimazaki was a contributor to the Museum of International Folk Art’s publication, Yokai: Ghosts, Demons, & Monsters of Japan (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2019). Her first book, Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost (Columbia University Press, 2016), was awarded the John Whitney Hall Book Award.
Articles and book chapters nclude:
“Ghosts & Demons in Japanese Theatrical Performance” In Yokai: Ghosts, Demons, & Monsters of Japan, edited by F. Katz-Harris, 105-132. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2019.
“The End of the ‘World’: Tsuruya Nanboku IV’s Female Ghosts and Late Tokugawa Kabuki,” Monumenta Nipponica 66, no. 2 (2011).
“The Ghost of Oiwa in Actor Prints: Confronting Disfigurement,” Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society