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Rachel DiNitto

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  • Title: Associate Professor, Japanese Literature
  • Phone: 541-346-4012
  • Office: 301 Friendly Hall


Rachel DiNitto is department head of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Associate Professor of Japanese Literature. She works on the literary and cultural studies of Japan's prewar (1910s-1930s), and postbubble eras (1990-2000s). In addition to her monograph, Uchida Hyakken: A Critique of Modernity and Militarism in Prewar Japan, and her translations of Hyakken’s fiction, Realm of the Dead, publications include articles on depictions of the Asia-Pacific War in the work of manga artist Maruo Suehiro; Kanehara Hitomi, the young, female writer whose controversial novel Snakes and Earrings won Japan's most prestigious literary award in 2004; and cult director Suzuki Seijun's return to the cinema in the 1980s.  Professor DiNitto manages a website on contemporary Japanese culture, and is currently working on a new book project, “Writing Fukushima: Literary Voices from Japan’s Disaster” that looks at the literature written after the triple disaster of March 11, 2011.

Before coming to University of Oregon, Professor DiNitto was at the College of William & Mary where she taught classes on Japanese literature, film, nationalism and contemporary culture, as well as courses on language and translation. 


B.A. University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Ph.D. University of Washington

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