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

Ikuho Amano, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Penn State) received her BA in Journalism (magazine and photo journalism) and MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Pennsylvania State University. She teaches Japanese literature, culture, film, and language courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the coordinator and the advisor of the Japanese Program. Her recent research has explored intersections between literature and such issues as economy, aesthetics, and translation.

Committee Involvement in DMLL:

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


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


  • “St. Sebastian Reborn: Greco-Roman Ideals of the Body and Mishima Yukio’s Postwar Writing” (accepted and forthcoming in the edited volume on the reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia, Brill).
  • “Visualizing the Self in Comedic Pathos: Japanese Autobiographical Manga at the Limit of Multiculturalism,” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 1.2 (2015): 239-253.
  • “From Mourning to Allegory: Post-3.11 Space Battleship Yamato in Motion,” Japan Forum 26.3 (2014): 325-339.
  • “Revisiting History through Fiction: Shiono Nanami’s Scarlet Venice in The Renaissance Trilogy of Murder,” Journal of Literature and Art Studies 2.1 (2012): 242-253.
  • “A Modernist Adventure in Translation: Ueda Bin’s Rhythmic Poetry as Kinetics of Mind,” Japan Studies Association Journal 9 (2011): 57-74.
  • Thomas O. Beebee and Ikuho Amano. “Pseudotranslation in the Fiction of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.” Translation Studies. 3.1(2010): 17-32.
  • “Refiguring the Frontier Mind of Mitsuko Coudenhove-Kalergi.”  In CD-ROM Proceedings of the Seventh International ISSEI (The International Society for the Study of European Ideas) Conference. University of Bergen, Norway, October, 2000.


  • 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

  • Journal article, “In Praise of Iron Grandeur: the sensibility of kōjō moe (fascination with industrial factories) and the Reinvention of Urban Technoscape” (under review).
  • Article, “Poetics of Acculturation: Buddhism and Topography of the Local in Orikuchi Shinobu’s The Book of the Dead” (under review).
  • Article, “Mercurial Capital: Economy and Politics of Fecal Matter in Postwar Japanese Fiction” (draft in preparation).
  • Book-length study tentatively titled “The Pageantry of Economic Bubble: Consumer Culture, Fashion, and Literature in Japan, 1986-1992” (manuscript in preparation).

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Post-Bubble Japan and the Rise of New Consumer Cultures,” Global Asia 3, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, April 2015.
  • “Mercurial Capital: The Economy of Fecal Matter in Twentieth-Century Japanese Fiction,” the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, March 2015.
  • Yuishiki and Holistic Visions of the World in Mishima’s The Sea of Fertility,” the Annual Conference 2014 of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, October 2014; Chaired the panel, “Revising Yogācāra: Rendition and Interpretation of Yuishiki in Modern Japanese Literary Discourses.”
  • “Anamorphosis of Strange Guest: From Pasolini’s Teorema to Miike Takashi’s Visitor Q,” the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, April 2013.
  • “Overcoming the Defeat by Desire: Catastrophe and Libidinal Economy in Shimada Masahiko’s Decadent Sisters,” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, March 2012.

Courses taught at UNL

  • 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
  • Senior Thesis: “Translating Terror: Translation of the Japanese Horror Aesthetic in Western Films”
  • Independent Studies: “Juvenile Delinquency in Japanese Film”; “Intermediate Japanese and Internship at Japanese High School”
  • 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