Hitomi Yoshio

Hitomi Yoshio

Office: DM 498A
Telephone: (305) 348-4912


  • Ph.D. Columbia University, 2012
  • M.A. Columbia University, 2007
  • M.A. University of Tokyo, 2005
  • B.A. Yale University, 2001

Research interests

  • 19th and 20th century Japanese literature and cultural criticism
  • Postwar Japanese literature and film
  • Japanese women's writing from 10th century to present
  • Gender studies and feminist theory
  • Theories of modernism and the avant-garde
  • Translation and media studies
  • History of women's education

Select Publications

Book in progress:

  • Female Authorship and the Cultures of Publishing and Translation in Japan: 1895-1935


  • "National Literature, Authorship, and the New Woman in Sôseki's Kusamakura." Status: Submitted.
  • "Performing the Woman Writer: Literature, Media, and Gender Politics in Tamura Toshiko's Akirame and "Onna sakusha"." Japanese Language and Literature 48 (2014): 205-236.
  • Introduction to "Virginia Woolf, "The Tale of Genji: The First Volume of Mr. Arthur Waley's Translation of a Great Japanese Novel by the Lady Murasaki"." Reading The Tale of Genji: Sources From the First Millennium, edited by Thomas Harper and Haruo Shirane. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. 564-569.
  • "Virginia Woolf’s Obituaries in Japan on the Brink of the Pacific War." Virginia Woolf Bulletin 16 (2004): 18-23.


  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Elephant's Eye is Burning, Burning." Denver Quarterly, University of Denver (forthcoming).
  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Thirteenth Month: A Ghost Story." Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 5 (2015).
  • Mieko Kawakami, "Where Have All the Sundays Gone?" Special Issue: "On Memory: New Japanese Writing," Words without Borders, March 2015. Web.
  • Mieko Kawakami, "The Little Girl Blows Up Her Pee Anxiety, My Heart Races." Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 4 (2014): 102-106.
  • Mieko Kawakami, "Dreams of Love, etc." Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 3 (2013): 157-167.
  • Mieko Kawakami, "A Once-Perfect Day for Bananafish." Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan 2 (2012): 58-62. Reprinted in Electric Literature's Recommended Reading vol.12, no.4, April 2013.
  • Gustav Heldt, "Male Homosocial Desire in Heian Court Poetry" (Heian kyûtei shiika ni okeru dansei homosôsharu na yokubô). New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies: Canon Formation, Gender, and Media. Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan, 2009. 57-59.
  • Gaye Rowley, "Where Did All the Women Go? Kaoku Gyokuei and Others" (Josei tachi wa dokoni itta noka). New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies: Canon Formation, Gender, and Media. Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan, 2009. 73-76.
  • Haruo Shirane, "Poetry, Food Culture, and Fish" (Shiika, shoku bunka, sakana). Haruo Shirane, Komine Kazuaki, Watanabe Kenji, eds., Food in Japanese Literature (Bungaku ni egakareta Nihon no shoku no sugata), Tokyo: Shibundô, 2008. 30-39


  • "Writing the Body: Gender, Language, and Cultural Memory in Kawakami Mieko's Breasts and Eggs," Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Chicago, March 2015.
  • "Rethinking Japanese Women's Literature: Media, Translation, Literary History" (Nihon josei bungaku kenkyû no saikô: Media, hon'yaku, bungakushi), International Symposium on New Horizons in Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies, Columbia University, March 2015.
  • "Osaki Midori & Japanese Literary Modernism," Southern Japan Seminar, Florida International University, Miami, February 2015.
  • "Macho Men and Carnivore Women: Gender and the Politics of Translating East Asia," American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), Milwaukee, November 2014.
  • "The Art of Forgetting: National Literature, Authorship, and Gender in Natsume Sôseki's Kusamakura," Sôseki's Diversity Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 2014.
  • "In the Realm of the Seventh Sense: Gender, Genre, and Global Imagination in Osaki Midori's Writings," American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), New York University, New York, March 2014.
  • "Modernizing Ichiyô, Translating Kawakami Mieko," Southern Japan Seminar, Florida International University, Miami, March 2014.
  • "Performing the Woman Writer: Tamura Toshiko and the Media in Early 20th Century Japan," AAS, San Diego, March 2013.
  • "The Ideal Woman and Jogaku zasshi: Women and the Literary Profession in Late 19th Century Japan and Victorian England," Southern Japan Seminar, Florida International University, Miami, February 2013.
  • "Japanese Women's Writing as World Literature: Translation, Literary History, and New Media," AAS, Toronto, March 2012.
  • "Thinking Back Through Our Mothers: Envisioning Women's Literary History in 1920s Japan," ACLA, Vancouver, April 2011.
  • "Osaki Midori and Nyonin geijutsu: Gender, Genre, and Media Technology," Association of Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS), Yale University, New Haven, November 2010.


  • Wolfsonian Infusion Grant (2014 - 2015)
  • Morris and Anita Broad Research Fellowship Award (Summer 2013, 2014)
  • Columbia University Faculty Fellow, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures (2005 – 2012)
  • Waseda University 125th Anniversary Commemorative Junior Visiting Researcher (2009 – 2010)
  • Columbia University International Travel Fellowship (2008 – 2009)

Courses Taught

  • Japanese Literature and Cinema
  • Reading and Translating Japanese Literature
  • Studies of Classical East Asian Texts
  • Women in Asian Society
  • Introduction to East Asia