Graduate students in our Japanese literature programs pursue interests in Meiji literature and systems of confession, postwar literary decadence, science fiction, yôkai and literature of the occult, contemporary women's poetry and the language of abjection, manifestations of the body in contemporary women's fiction, and the construction of borderlands in Zainichi fiction.
After receiving BA from Valparaiso University in East Asian Studies (’98), Chris came to Washington University, where he earned an MA in East Asian Studies ('03) with a focus on Kindai literature and Natsume Sôseki's personal narratives. In recent years, Chris has taught courses at Washington University's University College and University of Missouri-St. Louis in the areas of East Asian civilization, Japanese language, and Japanese popular culture. As the basis of his dissertation, Chris' chief research interests center on 19th C. Japanese personal narratives especially those of Uchimura Kanzô, the Shirakaba, the Naturalists, and other members of the Tokyo literary establishment. In addition, Chris maintains his interest in Japanese popular culture with a steady diet of new anime and manga. Fascinated by technology and how it augments our daily lives, Chris has a deep background in courseware design, mobile devices, and campus technology. As a vocalist and amateur composer, Chris is also interested in the performance and reception of J. S. Bach in Japan.
Aaron Jasny graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis with a BA in Japanese Language and Literature in 2010. He has been pursuing his Ph.D. in Japanese at Washington University since 2011. Aaron's primary research interest is in the mountain literature and nature writing of the Meiji period, and how nature is depicted in the writing of that period. He is also interested in folklore and religion, and their intersection with modern Japanese literature. In his free time he likes to walk his beagle Patrick, hike, and rock climb.
Walter is a third year Japanese PhD student.
Jimin is a second year Japanese PhD student.
Lei is a second year Japanese PhD student.
Katie is a first year Japanese PhD student.
Yuning is a third year student in the Japanese and Comparative Literature PhD program.