Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature,
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
Member, University of Washington Japanese Studies Program
Adjunct, Dept of Comparative Literature
Adjunct, Dept of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate, Textual Studies Program

248 Gowen Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3521

My research interests: Modern Japanese-language prose; art and capitalism; the flow of literary works throughout the larger Japanese linguistic community; the function of power in the literary field; and theories of diaspora and heterogeneity, particularly as they challenge culturalist concepts of national identity.

My recent book, Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature: Publishing, Prizes, and the Ascription of Literary Value (Duke University Press, 2010), examines the relationship between the concept of a national literature and the publishing industry. My current project is the role of literature in the Japanese diaspora, focusing on the production and consumption of literary texts from both Tokyo and São Paulo.

In addition, I have been working on Asian American cultural history, with a focus on Japanese-language discourse and literary production. I edited the 28-volume Shiatoru-ban Nihongo tokuhon (reproduction of the textbook series produced in Seattle from 1920-38), and the 16-volume Kashū-ban Nihongo tokuhon (reproduction of the textbook series produced in California from 1924-39). Both were published by Bunsei Shoin (Tokyo), the first in 2012 and the second in 2014.

My complete curriculum vitae (PDF) is available and should be more-or-less up-to-date.

Image: The Nippon Kan’s 1909–1915 stage curtain, Tateuchi Story Theater, Wing Luke Museum.