24th Annual Association of Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS)

The Senses and Sensory Experience in Japanese Literature and Culture

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 9 - 10, 2015

Presenter Bios

Ikuho Amano is Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches Japanese literature, culture, film, and language. Her research has explored correlations among modern/contemporary Japanese literature, media, economy, and geopolitics. Her publication includes a book titled Spectacles of Idle Labor: Decadent Literature of Twenty-Century Japan (2013) and articles on Japanese Symbolist poetry, early modern translation, the 1970s sci-fi anime, autobiography, and so forth. She is currently working on a book-length study on Japan’s economic bubble (ca. 1985-92), culture, and literature of the time.

Pana Barova-Ozcan, Bulgarian by origin, holds a Ph.D. in Japanese Classical Literature and Comparative Literature from the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan. She has an MA in Modern English Literature and a minor in French Language and Literature. Her last job was teaching Classical Japanese Literature to undergraduate students at Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan. She has spent about 20 years in Japan and moved to the US (PA) in early 2014, and is currently dividing her time between being a mother of two daughters, aged 8 and 4, and research and writing.

Michael Bourdaghs is Professor of Japanese Literature and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Prehistory of J-Pop (2012; Japanese translation 2012) and The Dawn That Never Comes: Shimazaki Toson and Japanese Nationalism (2003). He is also an active translator, including most recently Kojin Karatani's The Structure of World History: From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange (2014).

Juliana Choi is a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California at San Diego. She researches the ways in which forms of consumption impacted racial sensibilities in imperial Japan. Her current project focuses on “intimate consumables,” goods that vanish into and onto the body, within racialized discourses of “good taste” and “good skin.”

Edwin Cranston began graduate study at the University of California at Berkeley, then transferred to Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Japanese literature in 1966. He has been teaching at Harvard University for 50 years. His main interest has been translating and writing poetry. In 1993, Stanford University Press published a compendium of his translations as A Waka Anthology, Volume One: The Gem-Glistening Cup, which introduced 1578 poems from ancient texts as the Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, Man'yōshū. In 2006, a second waka anthology was published, introducing 2724 poems from Kokin Wakashū, Tale of Genji and other sources. His most recent book on Japanese poetry is titled The Secret Island and the Enticing Flame (Cornell, 2009). Professor Cranston received the MLA Lois Roth Award and the 22nd Yamagata Banto Prize in recognition of his accomplishments translating Japanese poetry. In spring 2009, he was decorated by the Japanese government with the distinguished Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contribution to introducing classical Japanese literature to the people of the U.S. and beyond, and for nurturing young Japanologists.

Charo D'Etcheverry is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests are classical Japanese literature, especially court fiction and its reception and early kabuki. Her publications include Love after The Tale of Genji: Rewriting the World of the Shining Prince (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2007).

Thomas Garcin completed a BA in French literature at Paris X University in 2000, graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences-po”) in 2003, and turned to the study of the Japanese language and literature, receiving his BA in Japanese Studies at National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures in 2004. He is currently completing his PhD dissertation in Japanese Literature at the Institute of Transtextual and Transcultural studies at Lyon III University. His dissertation addresses the question of ideology and authoritarian fiction in Mishima Yukio's Yûkoku (Patriotism, 1961) and Honba (Runaway Horses, 1968). His most recent published article is “Representation of Death and Topoi in Mishima Yukio’s Yûkoku” (in “Death Representations in Literature Forms and Theories”, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

Sijia Gao is a second year master's student in the Regional Studies: East Asia program at Harvard University. Her research interest is Japanese traditional theater, with a focus on noh. She is currently working on her thesis, which explores the spaces of noh theaters as national "heterotopia" and examines the intersection between cultural politics of noh performance and the construction of the architectural space of noh theaters in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Aaron Gerow, Professor of Film and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University will deliver the keynote lecture, “Kawabata and Cinema: The Ambivalence of Knowledge, Medium, and Influence.”  Professor Gerow received a MFA in film studies from Columbia University in 1987, a MA in Asian Civilizations from the University of Iowa in 1992, and a PhD in Communication Studies from Iowa in 1996. He spent nearly 12 years in Japan working for the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and teaching at Yokohama National University and Meiji Gakuin University. One of world’s leading scholars of Japanese cinema, he has published numerous articles in English, Japanese and other languages on such topics as Japanese early cinema, film theory, contemporary directors, film genre, censorship, Japanese manga, and cinematic representations of minorities. His book on Kitano Takeshi was published by the BFI in 2007, A Page of Madness came out from the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan in 2008, and Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press (the Japanese version will be coming out from the University of Tokyo Press).  He is currently working on books about the history of Japanese film theory and about Japanese cinema after 1980.

Andre Haag is assistant professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at the University of New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in Japanese literature and cultural history from Stanford University in 2013. Haag’s research explores the interplay between nationalism colonialism, and violence in the language and culture of the Japanese empire, focusing specifically on the circulation of narratives and images of colonized Korea and ethnic Koreans produced in the Japanese metropole. He is currently completing a book manuscript that critically interrogates how the colonizers’ fear of Korean crime and “terrorism” inflected colonial vocabularies, representations, and narratives of nation-as-empire in the decades following Japan’s annexation of Korea.

Steven Hanna is a Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University, studying with Edwin Cranston, specializing in Heian poetry and prose.  His dissertation will include the first-ever full English-language translation of the Sagoromo monogatari.

Kelly Hansen received her Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, in 2009. She is currently assistant professor of Japanese in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University. Recent publications include “Authenticity in Japanese Cell Phone Novels” (U.S. Japan Women’s Journal, Fall 2015) and “Deviance and Decay in the Body of a Modern Mountain Witch: Oba Minako’s Yamanba no bish?” (Japanese Language and Literature, Spring 2014).

Masataka Hata was born in Kyoto in 1954. After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce at Doshisha University, he studied in England for one year. In 1977 he joined Shoyeido and is currently the President of the company. He has been studing Koh-doh (Incense Ceremony) under Mr Sogen Hachiya, the grand master of Shino School of Incense, as well as a member of the board of directors of Shino School - Shoin-kai, and a lecturer at Doshisha Women’s College. He was presented the first distinguished member award from the Japan Society of Boston In 1997, and was awarded the 12th John E. Thayer Award in 2004, in recognition of his 20 years of service to share the incense programs for friendly relations between the United States and Japan.

Irena Hayter is Lecturer and Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Leeds. She holds MAs from Sofia University in Bulgaria and Kyoto University, and a PhD from SOAS, University of London. Her work has appeared in journals such as Japan Forum and Japanese Language and Literature, as well as in the edited collection Perversion in Modern Japan: Experiments in Psychoanalysis (eds. Nina Cornyetz and J. Keith Vincent). She is currently in the early stage of a project on the sensory histories of Japanese modernism.

Ayako Horiuchi is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. She also holds an MA from the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include Music, Cultural Representation, Performance and Bodies, and Singing Voice and Languages. Her publications include Listening to Singing Voices: The Evoked Memories of Voices and Bodies, Listening People, Listening Peoples (2014), The Limit and Border of Singing in Japanese: Yotsuya Fumiko and Her Japanese (2013), Kishi Koichi’s Path in Becoming a Composer: His Original Style in the Learning Process, Kishi Koichi and the Modern Age in Music: The First Japanese to Conduct The Berlin Philharmonic (2011).

Fusako Innami is a Lecturer (equivalent to assistant professor) in Japanese Studies at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, where she teaches modern/contemporary Japanese literature and culture (including performance and media arts), along with her research interests. These interests lie in topics involving the body and senses, love and intimacy, and sleep, as well as “translation” issues, including the translation of bodily senses into literary language, and the cross-cultural application of critical theories. Her recent publications on the ethics of incorporation in Kawabata’s “One Arm” and co-sleeping appear in Culture, Theory and Critique and Contemporary Japan, respectively.

Daniel F.O. Joseph is a graduate student at Harvard university studying medieval Japanese prose fiction. His research focuses on warriors, monsters and, inevitably, Buddhism, in otogi-zōshi, setsuwa and emaki. He is currently writing his thesis on Benkei monogatari.

Motoi Katsumata obtained his Ph.D. at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (Department of Literature, 2001). He is a professor at Meisei University, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies in 2015. His research mainly focuses on filial piety culture and narrative art in early modern and modern Japan. Publications include Rakugo kōdan ni miru oyakōkō 落語・講談に見る「親孝行」 (Filial Piety in rakugo and kōdan), NHK Books 2013. Kōshi o tazuneru tabi 孝子を訪ね る旅 (A travel searching for filial people), Miyai Shoten 2015.

Michelle Kuhn graduated from UCLA with a Masters in Asian Studies in 2008 and a Masters in Japanese Literature from Nagoya University in 2012. She currently holds ABD status and serves the International Student Advisor for the Graduate School of Information Science at Nagoya University. Her research background includes Heian and Edo period Japanese literary texts. In particular, she focuses on Heian prose texts including the Tale of Genji, the Tale of Sagoromo, and the Tale of Ise, and their Edo period (1600-1868) interpretations.

Juhee Lee is a Ph.D. Candidate in literature at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Her subject of research is about how entire institutions were depicted as cultural products in Japan’s wartime (1931–1945) era, a period when the state’s biopolitical domination was dramatically strengthened. Her most recent published article is “Representation of the Reformatory of Juvenile Delinquents in Shimizu Hiroshi’s Film Introspection Tower (1941)”(Trans-Humanities, vol. 8 No. 2, 2015).

Lingling Ma is a research student in the Japanese Literature Department in the School of Humanities and Sociology, Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo. Her current research focuses on the relationship between modern Japanese literature, Taishō Vitalism, and Japanese Fin de siècle psychology. She received her Master of Arts in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago, and her Bachelor of Arts in Japanese literature and psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrea Mendoza is a third year Ph.D student at Cornell University’s Department of Asian Studies. Drawing from the intersections among psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies and trauma theory, Mendoza’s work looks into discursive encounters and relations between tropes of otherness in Japanese, Brazilian and Mexican literary imaginaries.

Stephen Miller is an Association Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He teaches courses in premodern literature, translation, and gay/queer studies. His publications include translations of Jakuzen’s waka in the most recent issue of the New England Review, a monograph entitled The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period," published by the Cornell East Asia Series (2013), and a translation of the Noh play “Shunzei Tadanori” in Elizabeth Oyler and Michael Watson’s “Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of Nō Plays of the Genpei War,” also published by the Cornell East Asia Series (2013). He is currently editing an anthology of same-sex literature in the Meiji, Taishō, Shōwa, and Heisei eras, translating the one hundred waka in Jakuzen’s “Hōmon hyakushu,” and compiling an unannotated anthology of Buddhist-themed waka for undergraduate students.

Otilia Clara Milutin, PhD Otilia Milutin is a Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, teaching courses in modern and classical Japanese language and Japanese literature and culture. She received her B.A. in Japanese and French from the University of Bucharest, her M.A. in Japanese literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her PhD in Japanese literature from the University of British Columbia. She completed her dissertation on textual representations of sexual violence in Heian and Kamakura monogatari.

Kiyoko Morita grew up in Hokkaido, Japan and came to the US in 1968. She received a BA in English from California State University at Hayward and a Masters in East Asian Studies from Indiana University. She has taught Japanese since 1975 at schools including Doshisha University in Kyoto, Indiana University, Middlebury College Summer School, Harvard University, and Tufts University. In addition to teaching Japanese, she was an adjunct lecturer in Education at Tufts University where she taught masters students to become Japanese language teachers in US public schools. She is a student of the Shino School of Incense and has been active in introducing the art traditional Japanese incense for over thirty years. She is the author of “The Book of Incense” published by Kodansha International. She is also Vice President of the Massachusetts Hokkaido Association, which promotes grass roots exchanges between the two states.

Alex Murphy is a second-year PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His field of study is modern Japanese literature and cultural history with a focus on popular music, performance, and media technologies from the early to mid-twentieth century. He is especially interested in exploring the transregional networks of contact and collaboration that underwrote new forms of popular entertainment and urban culture in Japan across this period, with particular attention to intersections of race, nationality, and imperial subjectivity. He received his B.A. in International Studies from Kenyon College in 2010, and his M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 2012.

Andreas Niehaus studied Japanese language and culture, English and German literature at Cologne University, where he also received his Ph.D. His dissertation focused on the life and work of the Japanese   educator Kanô Jigorô. In 2004, he was appointed professor and head of the Institute for Japanese Language and Culture at Ghent University, and in 2011, he additionally became adjunct professor for Japanese at the University of Eastern Finland. Since 2012, he has held the position as head of the Department of Languages and Cultures at Ghent University. His main research interests are Japanese sport history, sport sociology, and body culture of the Edo-period.

Kiyoshi Ota began teaching at Koka Women’s College after completing his graduate coursework in Buddhist education at Otani University. He served as President of Sapporo Otani University from 2007 to 2011, and since March 2011 he has been the Principal of Otani Junior and Senior High schools in Kyoto. He has written numerous articles and books on Buddhist education and the Incense Ceremony, and has appeared on several NHK programs about incense. He is a high- ranking member of the Shino School of Incense. He has also taught Incense in Boston and elsewhere in the US for over 30 years.

Toshi Pau is a second year M.A. student in East Asian Studies at Duke University. His research interests include psychoanalytic theories of identity formation, the relationship and politics of trauma and memory, and performative destruction in art. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Culture and Language Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2014 and wrote his honors thesis on the history of Zainichi Koreans in dialogue with critical theories of identity. Toshi's current master's thesis research focuses on late 20th century Japanese avant-garde theater and its confrontations with a traumatic postwar and post-bubble legacy.

Kyle Peters is a doctoral student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He received his M.A. in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaii in 2013. His research focuses on modern Japanese aesthetic philosophy as it is socio-historically situated in local, national, and transnational frameworks. His most recent publication is “Goddesses and Gods in Rancière and Heidegger: Dialogically Recontextualizing ‘Origin of the Work of Art’” in the Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology.

Joannah Peterson is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University Bloomington, specializing in pre-modern Japanese literature. Her research interests include voyeurism, intertextuality, and the intersection between literary and visual forms. Her dissertation, entitled “Re-Envisioning the Workings of Text and Image: Yoru no Nezame and Late-Heian Literature and Art,” explores the intersection of multiple modes of representation: the translation of images into text, text into images, and classical text into modern translation.

Joanne Quimby teaches Japanese language and literature at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Her research focuses on contemporary Japanese women writers and theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality, embodiment, and performance. Her book project, “Narratives of Sexuality and Embodiment: Performative Identities and Abject Agency in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Japanese Women Writers,” examines poetry and fiction by contemporary Japanese women authors within feminist theoretical frameworks concerned with the performativity of gender and sexual identities.

Aragorn Quinn received his PhD from Stanford University in 2015. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His research interests include performance, literature, and translation in modern Japan.

Andreas Regelsberger is a Professor of Japanese Studies at Trier University inGermany since January 2014. His research and teaching areas focus on Japanese theater (mainly bunraku, kabuki and contemporary theater) and premodern literature. From 2012 to 2014 he worked as a visiting professor of Japanese culture and history at Western Michigan University in their Department of World Languages and Literatures. His publications include: Fragmente einer Poetologie von Puppe und Stimme : Ästhetisches Schrifttum aus dem Umfeld des  Puppentheaters im edozeitlichen Japan. Iudicium, 2011 and Japanese Theater Transcultural: German and Italian Intertwinings. (ed. with Stanca Scholz- Cionca) Iudicium, 2011.

Nicholas Risteen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. His research involves post-disaster reconstruction, urban planning and design, collective housing, and the evolution of building technologies in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. Interweaving these research threads are questions centered on the role of bureaucratic institutions in design, political practice and public dissent, modern media representations, and popular and architectural visualizations. Prior to beginning his PhD, he worked as an architect in New York, Paris, and Philadelphia, and earned his M.Arch from Rice University and BA from Brown University.

Catherine Ryu is an Associate Professor of Japanese literature and culture at Michigan State University. Her research interests include Heian narratives, zainichi literature, and digital humanities. She is the principal investigator of ToPES (Tone Perception Efficacy Study, Her 2014 publications include ‘Listening in: The Pitch Perfect Feminine Voice in Tamatsukuri Komachishi Sōsuisho’, Japanese Language and Literature, 48.1 (April): 81-104.

Sachi Schmidt-Hori is an Assistant Professor in Japanese at Dartmouth College.  She is interested in representations of gender, sexuality, and power in Heian and medieval tales.  Her current project is on male-male love in Buddhist acolyte tales (chigo monogatari).

Luciana Sanga is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. She currently studies love novels in contemporary Japanese literature. Luciana holds a B.A. in East Asian history, and an M.A. in Comparative Literature, both from the University of Tokyo.

Doug Slaymaker is a Professor of Japanese at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on literature and art of the twentieth century, with particular interest in Japanese writers and artists traveling to France; other projects include the literature of post-3.11 Japan, and of the environment. This research has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council, NEH, the Library of Congress Kluge Center, and other agencies. His books include The Body in Postwar Fiction: Japanese Fiction after the War (Routledge, 2004.); Literary Mischief: Sakaguchi Ango, Culture, and the War (Edited with James Dorsey, with translations by James Dorsey. Lexington Books, 2010); and Yōko Tawada: Voices from Everywhere. (Lexington Books, 2007.)

Joshua Solomon is a Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Chicago's East Asian Languages and Civilizations department.  His research focuses on "furusato" and discourses of origin, and his dissertation explores this topic by drawing primarily upon literature and folk music practices connected to the Tsugaru region.  He has a secondary interest in ghosts and otherworldly expression in fiction, and is an enthusiastic amateur performer of Tsugaru-jamisen.

Michiko Suzuki is an Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. She specializes in modern Japanese literature and culture with a focus on issues such as gender, sexuality, sexology, material culture, and law in fiction. Her works include Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture (Stanford University Press, 2010) and articles in Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Japanese Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal. She is currently writing a book on the kimono in literature and film (1940s-80s).

Miho Tajima graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009 with a B.A. in Asian Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures (highest honors). Her research interests include gender and modernity expressed in modern/contemporary Japanese literature, specifically focusing on diasporic experiences expressed in multilingual authors’ texts, gendered speech in Japanese linguistics, and translation theory. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Josai International University in Japan. Also, she serves as an administrative and editorial assistant for the English-language journal, Review of Japanese Culture and Society.

Nobuko Toyosawa has been a postdoctoral fellow in Early Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago since 2013. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is teaching modern and early-modern Japanese history. She is currently finishing up her book manuscript that explores the geographic imagination of Japan from the Tokugawa to Meiji era.

Benedikt Vogel studied in Trier and Tokyo, graduating in 2012. His M.A. thesis focused on Izumi Kyōka and analyzed religious concepts and implications in his work. He then began working on his PhD thesis, which focuses on the Incense Ceremony of the Edo period. The aim of the project is to show how gatherings of the Idle Arts were perceived at that time and how these events were appreciated. After conducting research in Tokyo and Kyoto in 2014 he is currently working as a teaching and research assistant at Trier University.

Justin Wilson is a third year in the UCLA Department of History, specializing in Japanese transwar cultural and intellectual history. His current research examines the poetry group 'The Waste Land' within the context of defeat, occupation and the collapse of the Japanese empire. In particular, this research emphasizes the political content of the group's poetry and prose, which symptomatically called for a reconfiguration of time, space and subjectivity. This reconfiguration, organized by death as an absolute limit, sought an alternative to the abstract conception of progress that undergirded both the gathering of fascism and the construction of the postwar state.

Nobuko Yamasaki is an Assistant Professor of Japanese at Lehigh University. She teaches at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, as well as the program of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Before coming to Lehigh, she taught Japanese language and literature and women’s studies at Kenyon College. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. Her dissertation, Fragmenting History: Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of Empire, reveals that women’s bodies were highly contested battlefields in the Japanese Empire and that the Empire’s legacies prevail even today.

Junko Yamazaki is a Ph.D. Candidate in the joint degree program in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where she is completing a dissertation on postwar jidaigeki—films set in pre-Meiji Restoration (-1868) period Japan.

Yoshihiro Yasuhara is Associate Teaching Professor of Japanese Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. His fields of specialization are: Modern Japanese Literature, Japanese Film, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Japanese Pedagogy.

Christina Yi is Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Japanese Literature from Columbia University. Her research focuses on the rise of Japanese-language literature by Korean colonial subjects during the 1930s and 1940s and its subsequent impact on discourse regarding “national” and “ethnic minority” literature in postwar Japan and Korea. She is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates how linguistic nationalism and national identity intersect in the formation of modern literary canons in East Asia.

Guohe Zheng is Professor of Japanese and Chair of Modern Languages and Classics, Ball State University. He researches politics in canon formation and Sino-Japanese literary/theatrical exchanges. Recent publications include "Chūshingura and Beyond: A Study of Japanese Ideal of Loyalty" in Text & Presentation, and "The Politics of Canon Formation and Writing Style" in The Linguistic Turn in Contemporary Japanese Literary Studies (2010).

Eve Zimmerman is the Caspersen Associate Professor of the Humanities at Wellesley College. Her first book was a critical study of postwar writer Nakagami Kenji (Out of the Alleyway: Nakagami Kenji and The Poetics of Outcaste Fiction, Harvard, 2008). Her new project grew out of her interest in Nakagami’s ‘ethnographic’ work, and explores how discourses of the margins, whether spatially or socially construed, shape cultural production at the center. Working with an architectural historian at Michigan, she recently published an article on the ethnographic photography of Futagawa Yukio, a subject she expands upon in her AJLS presentation. Finally, she is at work on a manuscript about translation and the category of ‘girlhood’ in postwar culture. Day-to-day, she chairs the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at Wellesley where she teaches Japanese literature, language, and film to undergraduates