The Info List - Donald Shively

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DONALD HOWARD SHIVELY (May 11, 1921 – August 23, 2005) was an American academic, historian, Japanologist , author and professor emeritus of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley . He was a leader of Japan
studies in the United States.


* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Selected works * 4 Honors * 5 See also * 6 Notes * 7 Further reading


Shively was the son of American missionaries in Japan. He was born in Kyoto
and educated at the Canadian Academy
Canadian Academy
in Japan.

Years of study in the United States began when he entered Harvard in 1940, but his college years were interrupted by war. In World War II
World War II
, Shively was a Japanese language officer. He was promoted to the rank of major in the United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
, and his service was marked by the Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal

Shively received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University
Harvard University
in 1946 (Class of '44). He continued his studies in Cambridge, and he earned a master's degree in 1947. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1951.


Shively began his teaching career at the University of California, Berkeley. He was at Berkeley from 1950 to 1962. During this period, he edited the Journal of Asian Studies (1955–1959).

From 1962 through 1964, he joined the faculty of Stanford. He then moved east to return to Harvard as a member of the faculty from 1964 to 1983. He was Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1981 through 1983, and also editor of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies from 1975 to 1983.

In 1983, Shively returned to teach at Berkeley. He was also the head of the university's East Asian library until he retired in 1992. Dr. Shively died of Shy–Drager syndrome at the age of 84 in Oakland, California.


Most notable among his works covering popular culture in the Edo period of Japan
is the translation of The Love Suicides at Amijima , a famous kabuki play written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Chikamatsu Monzaemon

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Donald Shively, OCLC
/ WorldCat
encompasses roughly 40+ works in 90+ publications in 3 languages and 3,000+ library holdings. This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.

* The Love Suicide at Amijima: a study of a Japanese Domestic Tragedy by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Chikamatsu Monzaemon
(1953) * Personality in Japanese History (1970) with Albert Craig * Tradition and Modernization in Japanese Culture (1971) * The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol. 2, Heian Japan


* Order of the Rising Sun
Order of the Rising Sun
, 1982.


* Mary Elizabeth Berry , widow of Donald Shively


* ^ A B C D Fox, Margalit. "Donald H. Shively, 84, Leader in Japanese Studies in the U.S., Dies," New York Times. August 24, 2005. * ^ A B C D E Maclay, Kathleen. "Professor emeritus Donald Shively, expert on Japanese life and cultures, dies," UCBerkeley News. August 17, 2005. * ^ Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS), Director, 1981-1983 * ^ WorldCat
Identities Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine .: Shively, Donald H. (Donald Howard) 1921-


* May, Meredith. "Donald H. Shively -- scholar on Japan," San Francisco Chronicle. August 15, 2005. * H. Mack Horton In Memoriam, Donald Howard Shively, Professor of East Asian Languages, Emeritus, UC Berkeley, University of California (viewed Apri