Ayako Kano

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Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations


My research focuses on the intersection of gender, performance, and politics, as well as on Japanese cultural history from the late 19th century to the present. My first book focused on the first generation of actresses in modern Japanese theater. My second book examines Japanese feminist debates from the 1890s to present. I have also co-edited a volume on rethinking modern Japanese feminism. Current projects include a book on cinematic adaptations of Japanese literature, and a collaborative translation project of a popular text from the early modern period.