Atsuko Ueda

Associate Professor of East Asian Studies
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  • Ph. D. in Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
  • B.A. in Comparative Literature and Japanese, with High Honors and High Distinction, University of Michigan

Atsuko Ueda, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, specializes in modern Japanese literature and culture. She received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 1999. Her research interests include literary historiography of modern Japan; linguistic reforms of Meiji Japan and the production of a "national" language; postwar literary criticism and its relationship to war responsibility; bilingual and bicultural literature of contemporary Japan, such as returnee literature and resident Korean literature. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Voices of Language: Linguistic Reform Movements in Meiji Japan, which explores the many proposals for linguistic reforms prevalent in the Meiji period.

She has recently co-edited The Politics and Literature Debate in Postwar Japanese Criticism, 1945–52 (New Studies in Modern Japan) and Literature among the Ruins, 1945–1955: Postwar Japanese Literary Criticism (New Studies in Modern Japan).  Her publications include Concealment of Politics, Politics of Concealment, Stanford University Press, 2007; “Bungakuron and ‘Literature’ in the Making” in Japan Forum vol. 20, no. 1, March, 2008. She also co-edited the following volumes: Literature and Literary Theory, PAJLS (Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies) vol. 9 (with Richard H. Okada), February, 2009; and Natsume Sōseki, Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings of Natsume Sōseki, (with Michael Bourdaghs and Joseph Murphy), Columbia University Press, 2009.

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