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Images of Japan

Michiko Suzuki « Faculty

Associate Professor, EALC
Adjunct Associate Professor
, Cultural Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor, Gender Studies

micsuzuk at
GA 2079
(812) 856-7002


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Becoming Modern WomenMichiko Suzuki received her Ph.D. in Japanese with a minor in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. She also studied English Renaissance literature and received an M.Phil and an M.A. respectively from Cambridge University and the University of Tokyo. Her research focuses on the dynamic intersection of literature, history and culture, particularly as manifest in women's writing, popular literature, magazines and newspapers.

Her first book, Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture, examines fiction by women writers in conjunction with a range of sociohistorical and cultural discourses about love. Focusing on same-sex love, love marriage and maternal love—terms newly created in Japan during the early twentieth century—this book explores how modern female identity was imagined and constructed during the 1910s-30s.

Currently she is working on several projects. The first explores material culture, specifically kimono, and issues of gender and representation in postwar literature and film. The second looks at early twentieth-century ideas of male-female difference, from specific topics such as chastity to broad notions of difference, expressed in various discourses including sexology. The third project examines 1980s films. Professor Suzuki teaches courses on Japanese language, literature, film, gender and popular culture.