Linda M. Flores


Associate Professor of Japanese; Tutorial Fellow at Pembroke College 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Pembroke College


Research Interests:

  • 3.11 Writing and Japanese Trauma Fiction
  • Proletarian Literature
  • Women’s Writing
  • Gender Theory
  • Comparative Literature

Courses Taught:

  • Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (lecture series)
  • Texts in Modern Japanese Literature (Japanese Trauma Fiction) (MSc)
  • Modern East Asia Survey Course (participating lecturer)

Recent and Current Projects:

  • I organised a symposium titled ‘Literature After 3.11’:  Tanaka Symposium for Japanese Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford on 1 June 2017. The symposium focused on how the literary world continues to respond to the Triple Disaster in Japan.
  • An article on Hirabayashi Taiko and tenkō literature
  • An article on Tōhoku Literature and 3.11

Recent and Forthcoming Presentations: 

“Intertextuality and the Politics of Representing and Transmitting 3.11 Trauma Narratives,” Conference Paper at the European Association for Japanese Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, 31 August 2017.

“Hirabayashi Taiko and Literary Turns,” Conference Paper at “Tenkō in Trans-War Japan: Culture, Politics, and History,” University of Leeds, 30 June–2 July 2017

“3.11 and Tōhoku Literature,” Conference Paper at “‘Literature After 3.11’:  Tanaka Symposium in Japanese Studies,” Pembroke College, University of Oxford (Organised by L.Flores), 1 June 2017.

“Literature After 3.11,” Presentation at UCLA Alumni Graduate Symposium, UCLA, 18 May, 2017.

“Space, Time and Text in Two 3.11 Narratives,” Conference Paper at “Literary Spaces After 3.11:  Kobe-Oxford Symposium,” Kobe University, Japan, 23 March, 2017.

“Narrating Another Self:  Mauriac and The Literature of Takahashi Takako,” Conference Paper at “Literary ‘DNA’:  World Literature and Modern Japanese Literature,” Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 9 December 2016.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

Flores, Linda, “Matrices of Time, Space and Text: Intertextuality and Trauma in Two 3.11 Narratives,” Japan Review (publication late summer/early fall 2017).

Flores, Linda, “War Brides as Transnational Subjects in Mori Reiko’s The Town of the Mockingbirds,” in Kazashi and Mariotti, eds., New Steps in Japanese Studies:  Kobe University Joint Research, Venezia:  Ca’ Foscari Japanese Studies, 2017, pp. 13-29.

Flores, Linda, “Narrating Trauma in Takahashi Takako’s ‘Sora no hate made’: Perverse Motherhood,” in Hartley, ed., “The Fragmented Family in Modern Japan” (special edition), Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific Issue 40, January 2017.     

Flores, Linda, “ ‘Mō hitori no watashi’ wo katari naosu koto:  Moriakku to Takahashi Takako bungaku,” in Noami, Mariko, ed., Bungaku no ‘DNA’ – Sekai bungaku kara Nihon kindai bungaku he, Tokyo:  Tokyo University Press, publication forthcoming 2018. 

Scholarly Translations:

“Male and Female Androgynes,” by Fujimoto Yukari, translation co-authored by Linda Flores and Kazumi Nagaike, edited by Sharlyn Orbaugh. U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal English Supplement. Number 24, (Winter 2004), pp. 76-117.

“’Unconventional Women’:  From the Body as the Site of Domination to the Body as the Site of Expression,” by Noriko Mizuta, translated by Linda Flores, U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal English Supplement. Number 20-21 (Special Issue 2001), pp. 3-16.

Photograph of Linda Flores