Modern Japanese literature and criticism in comparative context; literary and cultural theory, particularly theory of narrative, genre and gender, modernism and modernity; intellectual history of modern Japan; history of reading, canon formation, and literary histories.
Professor Suzuki is completing a book entitled Allure of the Feminine: Language, National Classics, and Literary Modernity in Japan, which investigates the formation of the modern literary field from the late nineteenth century to the postwar period in relationship to gender construction, language reform, and education. It explores the modernist construction and questioning of Japanese linguistic and cultural traditions in a transnational context. Most recently, she coedited a bilingual edition (Japanese and English) entitled Censorship, Media, and Literary Culture in Japan (Shin’yōsha, 2012).
She teaches courses in modern Japanese literature and criticism; gender and writing in Japan; and Asian humanities (major texts of East Asia and modern East Asian texts). Her major publications include Narrating the Self: Fictions of Japanese Modernity (Stanford University Press, 1996); Katarareta jiko: Nihon kindai no shishosetsu gensetsu (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2000); Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature (author and coeditor, Stanford University Press, 2001); and Sozo sareta koten (author and coeditor, Shin’yosha, 1999). Her recent articles include “Transformations and Continuities: Censorship and Occupation-Period Criticism,” in Occupation-period Literary Journals: 1946–1947, vol. 2 (Senryoki zasshi shiryo taikei: bungakuhen, Iwanami Shoten, 2010); “Theatrical and Cinematic Imagination and Masochistic Aesthetics: Allure of Gender-Crossing in Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s Early Works,” in Tanizaki Junichiro, ou l’ecriture par-dela les frontiers (Tanizaki Junichiro: kyokai o koete, Kasama Shoin, 2009); “The Tale of Genji, National Literature, Language, and Modernism,” in Envisioning ‘The Tale of Genji’: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production (Columbia University Press, 2008).
Professor Suzuki received her BA (1974) and MA (1977) from the University of Tokyo and her PhD from Yale (1988). She joined Columbia’s faculty in 1996.