Elsa Chanez

PhD candidate in Japanese Language and Literature
Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies
research interests:
  • Japanese Women’s Writings
  • Reception and Adaptation of Japanese Texts
  • Gender and Representation
  • Reception Theory
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mailing address:

  • Washington University
  • MSC 1111-107-115
  • One Brooking Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Elsa Chanez is a PhD candidate in the Japanese language and literature program.

Elsa holds a Master’s degree in Asian Studies and a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. Her master’s thesis, entitled “Rewriting Lady Nijō’s Story: Transformation, Retelling, and Replacement in Modern Adaptations of Towazugatari,” explores four modern novel adaptations of a premodern Japanese woman’s work, completed around 1306 but only rediscovered in 1938. She is currently exploring the romanticization of France and its development through modern Japanese literature. In her free time, Elsa enjoys knitting and reading all sorts of novels.