Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. Yale University
Research Interests: Alan Tansman earned his A.B. from Columbia University in East Asian Studies, his M.S.J. from the School of Journalism at Columbia,and the M.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. from Yale University in Japanese literature. His specialization is modern Japanese literature and culture. He is the author of The Writings of Kôda Aya (Yale) and The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism (California), and the editor of The Culture of Japanese Fascism (Duke). He is now writing a history of Japanese literature for Oxford University Press' Very Short Introduction series, as well as a study comparing Japanese and Jewish responses to atrocity. He co-edited Studies in Modern Japanese Literature and co-translated the forthcoming "Tokyo as an Idea: Isoda Kôichi's Essays on Literature and Space" (California). In addition to literature, Tansman has published on topics including Japanese cultural criticism, popular culture, film, Area Studies, and Japanese and Jewish responses to atrocity. He has translated Japanese fiction and criticism. Tansman serves on the editorial board of the journal representations.