Faculty & Staff
Sari Kawana, PhD
Associate Professor of Japanese, College of Liberal Arts
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.