Joannah Peterson

Lecturer in Japanese Language & Literature

Joannah Peterson

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2020
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

And by appointment

Hatfield Hall 315



Ph.D., M.A., Indiana University


Joannah Peterson teaches courses in Japanese language and premodern Japanese literature and culture. She taught English in Sendai, Japan, for two years before earning her master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. She also studied Japanese at the Stanford Inter-University Center in Yokohama and conducted dissertation research at Nagoya University.

Her research interests include voyeurism, intertextuality and the intersection between literary and visual forms. Her dissertation, titled “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. Her interest in hybrid verbal/visual genres informs her enthusiasm for teaching Japanese literature as an interdisciplinary field. Whether studying classics of Japanese literature or modern manga adaptions, she encourages students to see the interconnections between different domains of texts and between themselves and the texts they read.