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Kimberly Kono
Associate Professor of Japanese

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Kimberly Kono teaches courses on modern Japanese language, literature and culture. Her literature courses include Modern Japanese Literature (EAL 242), Constructions of Gender in Modern Japanese Women's Writing (EAL 244) and Writing, Japan and Otherness (EAL 245). She has also taught seminars on Japanese literature and film from the 1960s, modanizumu, Japanese colonial literature, and writing by ethnic minorities in Japan.

Her bookRomance, Family and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature(Palgrave, 2010) examines the tropes of romance, family and marriage in Japanese literature produced in colonial Taiwan, Korea and Manchuria during the 1930s and 1940s. Other research interests include feminist and postcolonial theory, travel writing and Japanese popular culture.

Kono earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.