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James Jennings has done the impossible by making the files of my PhD thesis suitable for putting on-line. If you are interested, please go to the following link:
There are still a number of issues that have yet to be sorted out, mainly to do with missing illustrations, some unusual kanji, and the many pages of transcriptions. But rather than procrastinate for another ten years, I've put the files on our website, imperfections and all. The illustrations and transcriptions will be added in the near future.
Even those of you who already have a hard copy of the dissertation may want to have a look, as James' version is much more legible than the UMI photocopy of the microfiche. This will be especially true once the illustrations and transcriptions are included. For example, the colour coding in the transcriptions will be visible for the first time.
The internet version also has the hundreds of major and minor corrections that Tom Deaver made on the dissertation after it was submitted to University of Sydney, and which were not included in the UMI hard copy.
Chap 3, in my opinion, is still the most comprehensive history of the shakuhachi (up to the 1970s) written in English.
Best regards, Riley Lee
I'm almost finished reading it. I really enjoyed it. I'm currently doing research on various aspects of the shakuhachi and your thesis has lots of good info.
Thanks for making your thesis available!!
I have just had a quick squiz at the bibliography, and plan to read chapter 3 tomorrow. I see that you have a reference in there to
1990 Tozan-ryu: an innovation of the shakuhachi tradition from Fuke-shu to secularism, Unpublished Ph.D. thesis (Florida State University)
Please could you give me any hint into how I might be able to track down a copy of that thesis?
I am looking forward to reading this.
Thanks for putting forth the effort to get this online.
I got a copy of the Takahashi Tone thesis from http://www.shakuhachi.com.
Thanks for the link. I went there and found it, but it was US$90 (plus shipping costs)
Ill have to keep looking, as I don't have that much pocket-money at the moment.
You can order an unbound copy (delivered shrinkwrapped) for $41.00 from:
You have to work your way through a few pages to find the search form; keep looking for "Dissertations" or "Dissertation Express."
Once you receive the dissertation, your local copy center can probably velobind it for you for 3-4 dollars.