Associate Professor of Japanese | LCTL Section Head Modern Languages & Literatures

Ikuho Amano, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Penn State) holds BA in Journalism (magazine and photojournalism), MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Penn State. At UNL she teaches Japanese literature, culture, and advanced language courses. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Japanese literary discourses in the contexts of transnational/cultural dynamics and at intersections of aesthetics, economy, and material culture.

Committee Involvement in DMLL:

  • Executive Committee of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Section Head of Less Commonly Taught Languages
  • Coordinator of Basic Program in Japanese

Book

  • Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan: Spectacles of Idle Labor (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Recent Articles

  • “Poetics of Acculturation: Early Pure Land Buddhism and Topography of the Periphery in Orikuchi Shinobu’s The Book of the Dead,” Japanese Language and Literature 54. 1 (2020): 1-35. 
  • “St. Sebastian Reborn: Greco-Roman Ideals of the Body and Mishima Yukio’s Postwar Writing” (2018):133-153, in Receptions of Greek and Roman Antiquity in East Asia, Brill, edited by Almut-Barbara Renger and Xin Fan. 
  • Nantonaku, kurisutaru [Somehow, Crystal] by Tanaka Yasuo,” Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies, ed. Jeremy Tambling, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 (online edition at https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-62592-8_22-1).
  • “Tsuyu no atosaki [During the Rain] by Nagai Kafū,” Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies, ed. Jeremy Tambling, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 (online edition at https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-62592-8_21-1).
  • “A Megalopolis in Transit: Waterways as the Witness of Early Twentieth-Century Tokyo,” Palgrave Handbook of Literature and City, ed. Jeremy Tambling, Palgrave Macmillan (2017): 673-686.
  • “In Praise of Iron Grandeur: the Sensibility of kōjō moe and the Reinvention of Urban Technoscape,” Contemporary Japan 28.2 (2016): 145-164. 

Reviews

  • Book review of William Gardner’s The Metabolist Imagination: Visions of the City in Postwar Japanese Architecture and Science Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), The Journal of Asian Studies 80.2 (2021): 483-485.
  • Book review of “Semiotic Encounters: Text, Image and Trans-Nation, ed. Sarah Säckel.” Comparative Literature Studies 50:3 (2013): 543-546.
  • Film review of Ishii Katsuhito’s The Taste of Tea (2004), Asian Cinema 21.1 (2010): 215-218.
  • Book review of Kamei Hideo’s Transformations of Sensibility: The Phenomenology of Meiji Literature.” Literary Research/Recherche littéraire 21.41-42 (2004): 331-334.

Projects in Progress

  • Monograph, Bubble Dreams: Economic Euphoria, Consumer Culture, and Literature on 1980s Japan.
  • Article, “Visions of Phantasm: Madame de Sade in the Excess of Language and Imagination.”
  • Article, “Apparitions of Things Past: Haikyo as Visual Narrative of Consumed Modernity.”
  • Translation of Tanizaki Jun’ichirō’s The Golden Death (1914) and annotated essay on the novella.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Ruins against Nostalgia: Haikyo in Japan as the Topoi of Nightmare,” the Annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Montreal, Canada (online presentation), 2021.
  • “Infatuated with Il Vate: Mishima’s Transnational Mimesis of D’Annunzio,” the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada (online presentation), 2021.
  • “Wicked Aesthetics of hon’ne: Hayashi Mariko’s Nonfictional Essays on Jealousy,” the Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2020.
  • “Decadent Imitatio: Tanizaki Jun’ichirō’s The Golden Death (1914),” the Annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Georgetown University, Washington DC., 2019.
  • “An Apologia for Generation “S”: Quiet Social Engagement in Somehow, Crystal after 33 Years,” the Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies, the University of California, Berkeley, California, 2018.
  • “The Eve of the Bubble: Birth of New Consumers in Tanaka Yasuo’s Somehow, Crystal (1980),” the Association for Asian Studies 2018 Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 2018.
  • “Feces at Work: Coprology in Japanese Literary Discourse,” Waste: A Symposium 2017 – Disposability, Decay and Depletion, Birkbeck College, the University of London, UK, 2017. 
  • “Apparitions of Things Past: Haikyo as Visual Narrative of Consumed Modernity,” the Annual Conference of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2016.
  • “Populist Realism: Ikeido Jun’s We, the Generation of the Economic Bubble,” the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2016.

Courses taught at UNL

  • Japanese Business Culture and Protocol
  • Ecocriticism in Japanese Literature and Media
  • Modern Japanese Literature and Culture in Translation
  • Introduction to Japanese Film
  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • Japanese Literature and Visual Culture
  • Asian Literatures
  • Intermediate and Advanced Japanese
  • Summer Education Abroad Program: Japanese Religions and Popular Culture

 

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Fields of Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century Japanese literature and culture
  • comparative literature
  • modernism in Japanese contexts
  • economy and business culture in literature
  • literary criticism and theory
  • popular culture
  • translation studies