Faculty & Staff
Areas of Expertise
Modern Japanese literature, cultural history, history of the book, and popular culture
PhD University of Pennsylvania
Professional Publications & Contributions
- Murder Most Modern: Detective Fiction and Japanese Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 288 pages.
- "Write on Demand: Editors, Authors, and the Labor of Literary Publishing in Prewar Japan"—refereed, accepted and forthcoming from East Asian Publishing and Society.
- “Romancing the Role Model: Florence Nightingale, Shōjo Manga, and the Literature of Self-Improvement,” Japan Review 23 (2011): 201-226.
- “Reading Beyond the Lines: Young Readers and Wartime Japanese Literature,” Book History 13 (2010): 154–84.
- “A Narrative Game of Cat and Mouse: Parody, Deception, and Fictional Whodunit in Natsume Sōseki’s Wagahai wa neko dearu,” Journal of Modern Literature 33, no. 4 (July 2010): 1–20.
- “With Rhyme and Reason: War, Madness, and Yokomizo Seishi’s Postwar Murders in Verse,” Comparative Literature Studies 44, no. 1 (2007): 118–43.
- “Science Without Conscience: Unno Jūza and the Tenkō of Convenience,” in Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology, and Transformations of Modernity, ed. Kevin Reinhart and Dennis Washburn, 183–208. Leiden: Brill, 2007.
Sari Kawana has been teaching Japanese at UMass Boston since 2006.