Departmental Lecturer in Modern Japanese Literature
Faculty / College Address:
Faculty of Oriental Studies / Pembroke College
- Queer and Feminist Theory
- Mothering and Embodiment
- Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature
- Women’s Writing
- Comparative Literature
- Co-authored with Hitomi Yoshio. “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.” The Palgrave Handbook of Reproductive Justice and Literature, edited by Beth Widmaier Capo & Laura Lazzari, Springer Nature. (Forthcoming in 2022)
- “Shocking Readers and Shaking Taboos: Maternal Body and Affects in Itō Hiromi’s Work.” Maternal Regret, edited by Andrea O’Reilly, Demeter Press. (Forthcoming in 2022)
- I have translated Aoko Matsuda’s Where The Wild Ladies Are into Spanish (Quaterni 2022) and I am currently working on a collection of poetry by Hiromi Itō (Insensata, forthcoming 2023).
I am teaching Reading 3.11 Literature, survey lectures on Modern Japanese Literature, and Modern Japanese Literature in Translation.
- “Embodied Survival and Demythologization in Kirino Natsuo’s Tokyo jima.” Japan Studies Review, vol. 25, 2021, pp. 31-61.
- “Embodiment and Its Violence in Kawakami Mieko’s Chichi to ran: Menstruation, Beauty Ideals, and Mothering.” Japanese Language and Literature Journal, vol. 54, no.2, 2020, pp. 514-549.
- “Voces de mujeres en la literatura japonesa: historias del cuerpo femenino” (Women voices in Japanese literature: female bodily stories). Nuevas aproximaciones a la literatura japonesa (New approaches to Japanese literature), edited by Pau Pitarch Fernández, Ed. Bellaterra, April 2020, pp. 251-272. (Winner of the ICAS Book Prize 2021, Spanish/Portuguese Language Edition, in the category of Edited Volume Accolade)
- Writing, Translating, and Publishing Feminist Books with author Aoko Matsuda, translator Miwako Ozawa, representative of etc.books Akiko Matsuo. CGS Online Event, organized by Dr. Letizia Guarini, ICU, Japan. 12 March 2022
- “Breastfeeding and Nature’s Magic Powers: Reading Matsuda Aoko’s ‘Enoki’ and Oyamada Hiroko ‘Spider Lilies’.” Symposium on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding in Japanese Literature. CGS Online Event, ICU, Japan. 13 Nov 2021
- “Feeling Women’s Pain: Empathy in the Works of Kirino Natsuo and Murata Sayaka.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Online, 25 Mar 2021.
- “Conflicting Femininities in Tokyo Island: From a Survivor to a Film Star.” AAS-in-Asia 2020, Online, 01 Sep 2020.
- “Imagining the Future: Reproduction, Sexuality and Marriage in the Works of Murata Sayaka.” The Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Saitama University, Tokyo, 29 Jun 2019.