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Study of Women and Gender


Kimberly Kono
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

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I teach courses on modern Japanese language, literature and culture. In EAL 244, Constructions of Gender in Modern Japanese Women's Writing, we begin with an examination of the "feminine literary tradition" of pre-modern Japan. We then continue on to the modern period where we explore the possibilities and limits of the articulation of feminine and feminist subjectivities in the texts of modern Japanese women. I also teach EAL 245, Writing, Japan and Otherness in which we investigate the ways that categories of race, gender, sexuality and class configure the identities of the Japanese nation and its "others." My seminar on literature of the Japanese empire examines texts by Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean writers addressing Japan's colonial enterprise.

My research examines the construction of race, gender and romance in Japanese literature produced in colonial Taiwan, Korea and Manchuria during the 1930s and 1940s. I have also translated several works of both fiction and nonfiction written by Japanese women and men who lived in the colonies. My next project focuses on the travel writing of Japanese women who toured Japan's colonies during the first half of the 20th century. Other research interests include Japanese film and immigrant writing.