Zahid Daudjee

Japanese Literature

M.A. degree in East Asian Studies from University of Toronto, B.A. degree from University of Toronto


Zahid Daudjee is a Ph.D. student in modern Japanese literature, focusing on articulations and (re)negotiations of the role of written standards of Japanese in relation to their ongoing dialogue with linguistic theories from the late Meiji period to interwar Japan. More broadly, he is interested in comparative approaches to the grammatology of Chinese character-based written languages, and especially in revealing the claims to disciplinary authority at stake between competing models of the relationship between speech, language, and writing. To this end, he maintains an abiding interest in fields ranging from calligraphy and philology to historical linguistics and literary theory, spanning the history of late 19th and early 20th-century script and language reform in both Japan and China.