Kota Inoue

Degrees: Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures (UC Irvine, 2004); M.A. in Asian Studies (University of Arizona, 1995); M.A. in American Studies (University of Alabama, 1993)

Office Hours: Mon. & Wed., from 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Areas of Expertise

  • Modern Japanese literature and cinema
  • Colonialism and metropolitan culture
  • Modernity and historical consciousness
  • Neoliberalism and production of knowledge
  • Critical theory

Research and Professional Background

Building on recent development of scholarship on Japanese colonialism, Dr. Inoue is currently researching how modern Japanese culture, particularly literature and cinema, engaged Japan’s colonialism in conscious and unconscious ways. His essay, “A Little Story of Colonialism: Imperialist Consciousness and Children’s Literature in the 1920s,” included in an anthology, Reading Colonial Japan: Text, Context, and Critique (currently under review), explores how Kenji Miyazawa’s children’s story “Wolf Forest, Basket Forest, and Thief Forest” critically sketches out the basic mechanism of colonialism.

Currently he is writing an essay on Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s “A Fool’s Love,” closely examining the story’s representation of the suburban space as a key to understanding the story’s relationship to Japan’s colonialism. His book-length project currently underway further examines the representations of the suburb in modern Japanese culture as a symptom of colonial logic and sensibility.

Courses Offered

  • JPNS101 & JPNS102: 1st-Year Japanese
  • JPNS401 & JPNS402: 4th-Year Japanese
  • AST230: Modern Japanese Literature
  • AST331: Urban Experience and Modern Japanese Literature
  • AST332: Reading Wars and Conflicts
  • AST360: Figures of Resistance in Japanese Cinema

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures (UC Irvine, 2004)
  • M.A. in Asian Studies (University of Arizona, 1995)
  • M.A. in American Studies (University of Alabama, 1993)

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, New York University
  • Teaching Associate, UC Irvine

Publications, Presentations and Panels

“From the Edge of Modernity: Kenji Miyazawa’s Ecopoetics in 1920s Imperial Japan” for a panel “Environmental Degradation and (Post)Colonial East Asian Literatures.” Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, December 2009

“The Unwilling Narrator: Colonial narrative in Nakajima Atsushi’s “Tiger Hunt.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. San Francisco, April 2006. Organized the panel, “The Korean Other in (Post)colonial Japanese Culture”

“More than a Domestic Tragedy: Suburban Families and the Nation in Kunikida Doppo’s ‘Bamboo Gate.’” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. Chicago, April 2005

“Hunting the Butterfly: Flying Capital in Suwarôteiru.” Second Kinema Club Conference. Honolulu, June 2003

“Confession, Personal and Otherwise: Colonial Fissures of Chijin no ai,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. New York, March 2003. Organized the panel, “Japanese Empire in the Everyday Life: Film and Literature of the 1920s and 30s as Colonial Frontier”

“Expanding Metropolis: Colonialism and the Suburb of Ozu Yasujirô’s I Was Born, But…,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. Washington D.C., April 2002

Social Science Research Council Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop. Monterey, CA, January 2002

Kota Inoue is the Faculty Sponsor for the Japanese Culture Club.

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