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Sumie Jonessumie jones

Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Residential Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University
Professor Jones is a specialist of 18th- and 19th-century comparative literature, East and West, early modern (Edo-period) Japanese comparative arts, and literary theory and semiotics, in addition to translation, theory and practice. Having graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo, she came to this country on a Fullbright fellowship and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has held visiting fellowships and visiting professorships at Harvard University, Rikkyo University, the University of Tokyo, and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies.
At IU she has taught a wide variety of classes and seminars, including Major Characters/Themes in World Literature, Comparative Literary Analysis, Asian Film, and Japanese-Western Literary Relations. Her graduate seminars include: Sexuality and the Arts, Japanese-Western Studies, History of Japanese Theater, Japanese Art and Aesthetics, Courtly Culture, East and West, and Classical and Early Modern Japanese Literature.
Author of Retorikku to shite no Edo (The Rhetoric of Edo, 1992), she is co-editor of Visions of the Other, Volume 2 of the Proceedings of the Thirteenth Congress of the ICLA (1995) and Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Volume 54 (2008), editor of Imaging/Reading Eros (1996), and author/translator of The Shirokoya Scandal: Two Ways of Looking at the Case Judged by Magistrate Ō’oka Tadasuke (2010). Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Hikaku Bungaku Kenkyu, Critica, Poetica, Bungaku, and Edo Bungaku.
Since retirement, she has devoted herself to the collaborative training of scholars and the translation of major Japanese works from the 17th to 20th century. Resulting from these activities, An Edo Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Mega-City, 1750-1850 was published in 2013, and A Tokyo Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Modern Capital, 1850-1920 is forthcoming.