Cultural Studies Adjunct: Michiko Suzuki
My research interests are in the areas of modern Japanese literature, film and popular culture, as well as gender and cultural studies. My forthcoming book, Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture (Stanford: Stanford University Press), focuses on discourses about same-sex love, love marriage and maternal love--new terms created in Japan during the early twentieth century. Interweaving literature, history and a range of cultural discourses, this work explores how modern female identity was imagined through ideas about love during 1910s-30s. I am currently working on several projects, including an examination of representations of chastity and virginity in Japanese popular newspapers, mass magazines and serialized domestic fiction from 1890s-1950s.