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YOSHIO, Hitomi
 
Affiliation
Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, School of Culture, Media and Society
Job title
Professor
Degree
Ph.D. ( Columbia University )
M.A. ( Columbia University )
M.A. ( The University of Tokyo )
B.A. ( Yale University )

Research Experience

  • 2016.09
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    Now

    Waseda University   Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences   Associate Professor

  • 2023.09
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    2024.07

    Harvard University, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies   Visiting Scholar

  • 2022.08
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    2023.08

    Harvard Yenching Institute   Visiting Scholar

  • 2012.08
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    2016.07

    Florida International University   Modern Languages   Assistant Professor

Education Background

  • 2005.08
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    2012.10

    Columbia University   Graduate School of Arts and Sciences   Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures  

  • 2003.04
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    2005.03

    University of Tokyo   Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology   Department of English Language and Literature  

  • 1997.08
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    2001.05

    Yale University   Department of English  

Professional Memberships

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    American Comparative Literature Association

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    American Association of Teachers of Japanese

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    Association for Asian Studies

Research Areas

  • Japanese literature   Modern Japanese Literature, Women's Literature

Research Interests

  • Translation

  • Gender

  • Translation Studies

  • Contemporary Japanese Literature

  • Gender Studies

  • Women's Literature

  • Modern Japanese Literature

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Papers

  • Envisioning Community Through Women’s Spaces: Body, Precarity, and Language in Kawakami Mieko’s Breasts and Eggs

    Hitomi Yoshio

    Reading Desire in a New Generation of Japanese Women Writers, edited by Nina Cornyetz and Rebecca Copeland. Routledge     86 - 105  2023  [Refereed]

  • Reimagining the Past, Present, and the Future of Reproductive Bodies in Contemporary Japanese Women’s Fiction: Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs and Sayaka Murata’s Vanishing World

    Juliana Buriticá Alzate, Hitomi Yoshio

    The Palgrave Handbook of Reproductive Justice and Literature, edited by Beth Widmaier Capo and Laura Lazzari, Palgrave Macmillan     465 - 486  2022  [Refereed]

  • Food as Feminist Critique: Osaki Midori, Kanai Mieko, and Ogawa Yoko

    Hitomi Yoshio

    Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers, edited by Rebecca Copeland. Amsterdam University Press     176 - 191  2022  [Refereed]

  • Globalizing Japanese Culture: Japanese Literature in English Translation

    WASEDA RILAS Journal No.6     41 - 47  2018.10

  • The Ideal Woman and Jogaku zasshi: Translating Womanhood in Late 19th Century Japan

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    WASEDA RILAS Journal   5   13 - 25  2017.10

  • Globalizing Japanese Culture: Japanese Literature in English Translation

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Transcultural Studies   7   210 - 219  2017.02

  • Performing the Woman Writer: Literature, Media, and Gender Politics in Tamura Toshiko's Akirame and "Onna sakusha"

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Japanese Language and Literature   48   205 - 236  2014  [Refereed]

  • Envisioning Women Writers: Female Authorship and the Cultures of Publishing and Translation in Early 20th Century Japan

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Columbia University    2012.10

  • Osaki Midori's "Kôrogijô" & Other Works: The Infiltration of European Modernism into the Japanese Literary Discourse in the 1920s and 30s

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Columbia University    2007.05

  • Ambiguous Waters: The Myth of Matrilineage in Virginia Woolf’s Novels

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    University of Tokyo    2005.03

  • Virginia Woolf’s Obituaries in Japan on the Brink of the Pacific War

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Virginia Woolf Bulletin   16   18 - 23  2004

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Books and Other Publications

  • Post-3.11 Literature as World Literature

    YOSHIO Hitomi( Part: Contributor, Catastrophe and the Mundane: Kawakami Mieko's Writings as Post-3.11 Literature)

    Akashi Shoten  2021.02

  • Sekai no bungaku, bungaku no sekai

    ( Part: Contributor, Osaki Midori, "Apple Pie Afternoon" (Introduction))

    Shoraisha  2020.03

  • Reading The Tale of Genji: Sources From the First Millennium

    YOSHIO Hitomi( Part: Contributor, Introduction to "Virginia Woolf, "The Tale of Genji: The First Volume of Mr. Arthur Waley's Translation of a Great Japanese Novel by the Lady Murasaki")

    Columbia University Press  2015

Works

Presentations

  • Beyond the Novel: New Forms, New Infrastructures, and New Possibilities in Translating Japanese Literature

    Hitomi Yoshio

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 

    Presentation date: 2024.03

  • Women’s Voices in Modern Japan: Translation, Canonization, Literary History

    Hitomi Yoshio  [Invited]

    Harvard Yenching Institute 

    Presentation date: 2023.04

  • Translation as a Feminist Act: Examination of Sagawa Chika and Osaki Midori (Panel: Transnational Feminisms, Translation, and Women’s Voices in Japanese Literature)

    Hitomi Yoshio

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 

    Presentation date: 2023.03

  • Translating the Mother Tongue: A Conversation with Hitomi Yoshio

    Hitomi Yoshio  [Invited]

    University of California Los Angeles 

    Presentation date: 2023.02

  • Genre and Gender Politics of Translation in Literary Publishing (Panel: What Gets Translated?—Macro and Micro Perspectives on Translations of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature)

    Hitomi Yoshio

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 

    Presentation date: 2022.03

  • “Border Crossings” Literary Creation and Translation

    Li Kotomi, Sakakibara Richi, Hitomi Yoshio  [Invited]

    Waseda International House of Literature: Opening International Symposium “Explore Your Story, Speak Your Heart” 

    Presentation date: 2021.11

  • Empathy, Reading, and Translation: Envisioning Community through Kawakami Mieko's Writings (Panel: Reading and Empathy: Textual Analyses of Connection, Community and Critique)

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 

    Presentation date: 2021.03

  • Kawakami Mieko’s Writings as Post-3.11 Literature

    YOSHIO Hitomi  [Invited]

    International Symposium: Texts of the Heisei Era. Readings of Contemporary Literature, Goethe University, Frankfurt 

    Presentation date: 2019.06

  • Dreams of Love, Etc.: The Imagined Community of Women in Kawakami Mieko’s Fiction

    YOSHIO Hitomi  [Invited]

    UCLA-Waseda International Symposium: The Woman in the Story: Female Protagonists in Japanese Narratives, UCLA, Los Angeles 

    Presentation date: 2019.03

  • Catastrophe and the Mundane: Kawakami Mieko’s Poetic Response to 3.11

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Literature after 3.11 Today (INALCO, Paris) 

    Presentation date: 2018.06

  • The Birth of ‘Women Writers’: Advertising and the Media in Early 20th-Century Japan

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Book Advertising Studies Workshop (Waseda University) 

    Presentation date: 2018.04

  • The Ideal Woman and Jogaku zasshi: Translating Womanhood in Late 19th Century Japan

    YOSHIO Hitomi  [Invited]

    Translation and Translators in East Asia (Oxford University) 

    Presentation date: 2017.09

  • Translating the Classics: Modern Translation of Ichiyô and Kawakami Mieko’s Chichi to ran

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Association of Japanese Literary Studies (Rikkyo University) 

    Presentation date: 2017.07

  • Birth of “Women Writers” in Japan

    YOSHIO Hitomi  [Invited]

    Rethinking Authorship in East Asia and Europe: International Symposium (Columbia University) 

    Presentation date: 2017.03

  • Modernizing Ichiyô: Kawakami Mieko’s Breasts and Eggs

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    American Association of Teachers of Japanese (Toronto) 

    Presentation date: 2017.03

  • Rethinking Japanese Women's Literature: Media, Translation, Literary History

    YOSHIO Hitomi  [Invited]

    International Symposium on New Horizons in Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies (Columbia University) 

    Presentation date: 2015.03

  • Writing the Body: Gender, Language, and Cultural Memory in Kawakami Mieko's Breasts and Eggs

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 

    Presentation date: 2015.03

  • Osaki Midori & Japanese Literary Modernism

    YOSHIO Hitomi  [Invited]

    Southern Japan Seminar (Florida International University) 

    Presentation date: 2015.02

  • Macho Men and Carnivore Women: Gender and the Politics of Translating East Asia

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    American Literary Translators Association (Milwaukee) 

    Presentation date: 2014.11

  • The Art of Forgetting: National Literature, Authorship, and Gender in Natsume Sôseki's Kusamakura

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Sôseki's Diversity Conference (University of Michigan) 

    Presentation date: 2014.04

  • Modernizing Ichiyô, Translating Kawakami Mieko

    YOSHIO Hitomi  [Invited]

    Southern Japan Seminar (Florida International University) 

    Presentation date: 2014.03

  • In the Realm of the Seventh Sense: Gender, Genre, and Global Imagination in Osaki Midori's Writings

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    American Comparative Literature Association (New York University) 

    Presentation date: 2014.03

  • Performing the Woman Writer: Tamura Toshiko and the Media in Early 20th Century Japan (Panel: Writing Women, Making Men: Gender in Japanese-Language Literature from Early to Postwar Modernity)

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Association of Asian Studies (San Diego) 

    Presentation date: 2013.03

  • Japanese Women's Writing as World Literature: Translation, Literary History, and New Media (Panel: Translation and Cross-Cultural Literary Production in Early Twentieth-Century Japan)

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Association of Asian Studies (Toronto) 

    Presentation date: 2012.03

  • Thinking Back Through Our Mothers: Envisioning Women's Literary History in 1920s Japan

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    American Comparative Literature Association (Vancouver) 

    Presentation date: 2011.04

  • Osaki Midori and Nyonin geijutsu: Gender, Genre, and Media Technology

    YOSHIO Hitomi

    Association of Japanese Literary Studies (Yale University) 

    Presentation date: 2010.11

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Other

  • Natsuko Imamura, This is Amiko, Do You Copy? (English translation)

    2023
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. This is Amiko, Do You Copy? (Kochira Amiko) by Natsuko Imamura. Pushkin Press, 2023.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Embroidery Thread" (English translation)

    2023
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “Embroidery Thread,” by Mieko Kawakami. Freeman’s (2023): 243-247

  • Midori Osaki, "Apple Pie Afternoon" (English translation)

    2023
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “Apple Pie Afternoon,” by Osaki Midori. MONKEY. Translators to Watch For. Web. https://monkeymagazine.org/hitomi-yoshio.

  • Ichiyo Higuchi, "The Music of the Koto" (English translation)

    2023
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “The Music of the Koto,” by Higuchi Ichiyo. MONKEY Volume 4 (2023): 68-72.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Day Before" (English translation)

    2023
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “the day before,” by Mieko Kawakami. MONKEY Volume 4 (2023): 39-45.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Wisteria" (English translation)

    2022
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “Wisteria,” by Mieko Kawakami. Astra Magazine (2022): 38-57.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Tongue" (English translation)

    2022
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “The Tongue,” by Mieko Kawakami. Freeman’s (2022): 12-15.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Seeing" (English translation)

    2021
     
     

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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “Seeing,” by Mieko Kawakami. MONKEY Volume 2 (2021): 46-47.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Marie's Proof of Love" (English Translation)

    2020.12
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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “Marie’s Proof of Love,” by Mieko Kawakami. World Literature Today, Winter 2021. Print & Web. https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2021/winter/maries-proof-love-mieko-kawakami.

  • Kawakami Mieko, "Shame" (Co-Translation)

    2020.11
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    Yoshio, Hitomi & Louise Heal Kawai, trans. “Shame,” by Mieko Kawakami. Granta, November 2020. Web. https://granta.com/shame-mieko-kawakami/.

  • Mieko Kawakami, “The Flowers Look More Beautiful Now Than Ever” (English Translation)

    2020.06
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    Yoshio, Hitomi, trans. “The Flowers Look More Beautiful Now Than Ever,” by Mieko Kawakami. Granta, June 2020. Web. https://granta.com/the-flowers-look-more-beautiful-now-than-ever/

  • Jay Rubin, "Afterward to the Japanese Edition" (Japanese Translation)

    2019
     
     

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    Jay Rubin, "Afterward to the Japanese Edition" (tr.Hitomi Yoshio). Twenty-Nine Japanese Short Stories Chosen by Penguin Books, edited by Jay Rubin. Tokyo: Shinchosha, 2019: 486-489.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Dreams of Love, Etc." (English Translation)

    2018
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "Dreams of Love, Etc." (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, edited by Jay Rubin. London: Penguin Classics (2018): 278-290.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "War Bride" (English Translation)

    2017
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "War Bride" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 7 (2017): 193-196.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Flower Garden" (English Translation)

    2017
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "The Flower Garden" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Freeman’s (2017).

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Strawberry Fields Forever" (English Translation)

    2016
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "Strawberry Fields Forever" (tr.Hitomi Yoshio). Pleiades 36.1 (2016): 65-67.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "My Baby" (English Translation)

    2016
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "My Baby" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 6 (2016): 117-122.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Where Have All the Sundays Gone?" (English Translation)

    2015
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "Where Have All the Sundays Gone?" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Special Issue: On Memory: New Japanese Writing, Words without Borders, March 2015. Web. http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/article/where-have-all-the-sundays-gone.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Thirteenth Month" (English Translation)

    2015
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "The Thirteenth Month" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 5 (2015): 25-43.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her" (English Translation)

    2015
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Granta, July 2015. Web. http://granta.com/memories-belong/.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Elephant's Eye is Burning, Burning" (English Translation)

    2015
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "The Elephant's Eye is Burning, Burning" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Denver Quarterly, University of Denver 50.1 (2015): 48-52.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Little Girl Blows Up Her Pee Anxiety, My Heart Races" (English Translation)

    2014
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "The Little Girl Blows Up Her Pee Anxiety, My Heart Races" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 4 (2014): 102-106.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "Dreams of Love, Etc." (English Translation)

    2013
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "Dreams of Love, Etc." (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 3 (2013): 157-167.

  • Mieko Kawakami, "A Once-Perfect Day for Bananafish" (English Translation)

    2012
     
     

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    Mieko Kawakami, "A Once-Perfect Day for Bananafish" (tr. Hitomi Yoshio). Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 2 (2012): 58-62. Reprinted in Electric Literature's Recommended Reading vol.12, no.4, April 2013.

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Syllabus

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Internal Special Research Projects

  • 世界文学としての日本文学:翻訳、教育、ジェンダー

    2023  

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    本研究では、グローバル社会における文学の流通、つまり、世界文学の中の日本文学の位置付けという問題を追及し、「翻訳」という行為を、単に日本の文学を海外の読者に広めるということだけでなく、常に変動している「世界文学」という枠の中に、多様性のある、 活きた「日本文学」を位置付け続けていくという、意義のある行為の原点にあるものとして捉える。2017年に発表した「英訳される日本文学」と題した研究をもとに、さらに研究視野を広げ、明治から現代にわたる日本文学の翻訳や、海外アンソロジーに収められた日本文学作品を研究し、作品分析や翻訳分析に加えて本の表紙デザインやメディア流通などの視点からも探求することを目的とした。さらに、翻訳の歴史や日本文学の海外における受容を考えるのに、ジェンダーの視点に注目して分析を展開した。研究成果としては、国際学会における研究発表、共著書『Making Translation Visible: Gender, Hybridity, and Border-Crossing in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature』(仮)に向けての下準備などが挙げられる。

  • Envisioning Community Through Gendered Spaces in Contemporary Japanese Women’s Writings

    2022  

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    This research project examines contemporary Japanese women’s writings by exploring feminist visions of community as spatially represented in selected fictional works. Feminist scholars have pointed out the importance of “space” in considering gender relations and power, particularly the divide between the private intimacy of domestic spaces and public realms associated with prestige. The novels examined are filled with such gendered spaces—or women’s spaces, where men are largely absent. One could argue that these writers shine the spotlight on women to explore the complex philosophical questions of life and human character through their experiences and relationships, and not as a secondary counterpart to the male experience that has dominated literature. At the same time, these women’s spaces in the fictional works do not provide an easy, utopian vision of connection and solidarity, but rather, are presented as spaces of interrogation and sites of conflict. Research findings resulted in a peer-reviewed article and a conference presentation.

  • Reimagining Reproductive Bodies in Contemporary Japanese Women’s Fiction

    2021  

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    This research project explores the works of contemporary Japanese women writers in the context of Japan’s declining birth rate and aging society, where the promotion of reproduction vis-à-vis the female body has permeated the political and national discourses, women writers have played a key role in resisting and transgressing such government narratives that have systematically reduced women to their reproductive capabilities. Within this socio-historical context, this research project focuses on the work of two authors, Sayaka Murata (b. 1979) and Mieko Kawakami (b. 1976), both of whom have engaged with these government discourses and political pressures in distinct ways, and yet share the same feminist motivation to challenge oppressive structures and reclaim reproductive justice. Research findings resulted in the co-written article “Reimagining Reproductive Bodies in Contemporary Japanese Women’s Fiction,” which is forthcoming in the edited volume, Reproductive Justice and Literature, from Palgrave Macmillan.

  • 近代日本における翻訳文化とジェンダー

    2020  

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    申請者は女性による文学、特に近代日本における「女流作家」「女流文学」をめぐる言説の形成と変容に焦点を当てて研究を進めている。明治から昭和初期にかけて現れた女性作家やフェミニズム思想をグローバルな視点から研究し、西洋から日本へという単なる「受容」でなく、彼女たちの思想や活動がいかに世界同時性を持っていたかという問題提起をしている。コロナ感染拡大の影響のため、参加予定だった英国ケンブリッジ大学の研究ワークショップは中止となり、研究者との交流や大学図書館での文献調査は叶わなかったが、代わりに日本で手に入る文献を使って調査を進め、時代をかえて現代日本という文脈で論文発表、学会発表などの成果を得た。

  • Osaki Midori(1896-1971)and the Global Feminist and Modernist Discourse of the 1920s

    2019  

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    This research project investigated the life and writings of an important yet understudied female modernist Japanese writer, Osaki Midori (1896-1971). While the 1920s and 30s were a prolific time for women writers in Japan, Osaki Midori has been largely overlooked in the standard literary narrative as she neither had a place among the bourgeois feminist writers nor the politically charged proletarian and Marxist writers. As part of the ongoing efforts to shed light on this understudied author, I was involved in a World Literature Anthology project, 『世界の文学、文学の世界』(2020), which featured authors from lesser represented countries such as Kenya, Syria, Iran, Thailand, Denmark, and Albania. I selected Osaki Midori’s dramatic script “Apple Pie Afternoon” to be included in the anthology as the only Japanese author, and wrote an introduction on the author and two key words related to the text. I also conducted research at Columbia University in New York in preparation for the article “The Flâneuse in the Attic: Gender, Genre, and Global Imagination in Osaka Midori’s Writings.”

  • The Role of Women's Writing in Contemporary Japanese Literature

    2019  

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    This research project aims to highlight the role of women’s writing in contemporary Japanese literature through exploring the themes of empathy, solidarity, and community. Focusing particularly on the works of Kawakami Mieko, from her award-winning novella Chichi to ran to her more recent works, the project explores the role of women’s communities that are imagined, desired, mourned, or recovered in contemporary women’s fiction as a potential source of empowerment for women facing critical issues such as identity and reproduction in Japan today. Based on this research project, I completed an interview with the author which will be published in the literary journal Wasafiri in June 2020. I also plan to submit an article in August for an edited English-language volume, expected to be published in spring of 2021.

  • Translating the Classics:Gender,Authorship,and the Canon in the Anthology of Japanese Literature(2014-2018)

    2016  

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    My research project examines issues of authorship, translation, and canonization of Japanese literature (particularly women’s literature) in contemporary Japan, focusing on the ongoing publication of the thirty-volume Anthology of Japanese Literature (Kawade shobo). There has been increasing interest in rethinking the notion of authorship in the field of literary studies, particularly since the emergence of new media has altered the meaning and boundaries of the “author” as a stable and unified origin of the text. This current research expands the time frame of my book project, Female Authorship and the Cultures of Publishing and Translation in Japan: 1895-1935. A distinctive feature of the anthology are the “contemporary translations” of classical works, which aim for a supposed reinvigoration of the classics through the signature stamp of modern-day writers. While translation is never merely a mimetic linguistic transfer, the emphasis on the translator brings to light what is normally rendered invisible, subverting a series of hierarchies between the original and translated texts. My project considers the rich history of translation and the dynamics of authorship in modern Japan, while focusing particularly on Kawakami Mieko’s rendition of Higuchi Ichiyo’s “Takekurabe.” I presented part of my research at two international conferences in March 2017.

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