Dr Irena Hayter

Lecturer in Japanese Studies

+ 44 (0) 113 343 3415

Summary: The literary and visual cultures of Japanese modernity and their politics, especially during the interwar years; Japanese film; gender and sexuality; the body and the senses; critical theory

Location: Michael Sadler Building

MA Sofia MA Kyoto PhD London 2009


Journal articles

‘Figures of the Visual: Japanese Modernism, Technology, Vitalism’, forthcoming in positions: asia critique.

‘Modernism, Gender and Consumer Spectacle in 1920s Tokyo’, Japan Forum 27:4 (2015): 454–475.

‘Ishikawa Jun, the Logic of the Gaze and the Bodies of Modernism’, Japanese Language and Literature 48:1 (2014): 129–149. 

‘Technologies of Estrangement: Dazai Osamu, Flowers of Buffoonery’, POETICA, no. 78 (2012): 31–47 (special issue on translation/transmediation, guest edited by Atsuko Sakaki). 

Book chapters

‘In the Flesh: The Historical Unconscious of Ishikawa Jun’s Fugen’, in Perversion in Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Culture, ed. Nina Cornyetz and J. Keith Vincent (London: Routledge, 2009), 201–220.  

Book reviews

Review of Ken C. Kawashima, Fabian Schäffer and Robert Stolz (eds.), Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University East Asia Program, 2014), Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 78:2 (2015): 424-425

Review of Stephen Andriopoulos, Possessed: Hypnotic Crimes, Corporate Fiction, and the Invention of Cinema (Chicago: Chicago University of Press, 2008) and Aaron Gerow, A Page of Madness: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Japan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 2008), scope: an online journal of film and tv studies, no. 23 (2012): 27–35. 

Conference proceedings

‘On Modernism as Translation’ in Japanese Literature as World Literature: A Symposium at Waseda University, ed. Michael Gardiner, Nori Morita and Annabella Massey (Tokyo: Seibunsha, 2012).  

‘Wagahai wa neko de aru satsujin jiken [The I Am a Cat Murder Mystery] as a Postmodern Sequel' in Japanese Narrativity and Poeticity Revisited, ed. Eiji Sekine, Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, vol. 4 (2003): 332–344. 

Invited talks and conference papers

‘The Sensuousness of New Sensationism and Other Modernist Myths’: paper presenter and panel organizer (‘The Senses and the Meanings of Modernity in Late Meiji and Taisho Japan’, Association of Asian Studies, Chicaco, 28 March 2015. 

‘Modernism, Gender and Consumer Spectacle in Interwar Japan’: invited lecture, University of Manchester, 4 February 2015. 

‘The City, the Cinema, the Department Store: Gender and Visuality in Interwar Japan’: keynote address, Rediscovering the Diva: Considering the Impact of the Female Star Personae in Japanese Film and Visual Media, SOAS, University of London, 11 June 2013. 

‘The Department Store, The Mannequin Girl and the Politics of the Gaze in Interwar Japan’: invited talk, Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies, University of Oxford, 17 May 2013 and Japan Research Centre, SOAS, University of London, 16 January 2013.  

‘Vitalism and Technology in Japanese Literary Modernism’: paper presented at Modernism and Spectacle: annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association, Las Vegas, 19 October 2012.  

 ‘Reproductions of the Self: Dazai Osamu’: paper presented at Technology and Japanese Literary, Film and Performance Studies, nineteenth annual meeting of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, Yale University, 17 October 2010. 

‘Film, Fascism, Psychoanalysis: Japan, circa 1936’: paper presented at Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Approaches to Japanese Cinema, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 10 May 2010. 

‘A Postmodern Nationalism? Form and Ideology in Japanese Film’: paper presented at the tenth Asian Studies Conference Japan, International Christian University, Tokyo, 24 June 2006.

‘Ishikawa Jun's Fugen, or the Political Unconscious of Modernism’: paper presented at the eleventh meeting of the European Association for Japanese Studies, University of Vienna, 31 August 2005.  

‘Takami Jun and the Politics of Representation’ paper presented at the joint East Asian studies conference, Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, 8 September 2004. 

Research supervision

John Harwood,  The Influence of the Life and Work of Arishima Takeo on Lu Xun (MAR, funded by a Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship)

Hannah Tamura, Extending the Boundaries of Identity in the Postmodern Era: Gender, Sexuality and Love in the Early Stories of Kanai Mieko (PhD, funded by ESRC): completed. 

Victoria Young-Komatsu, Erecting Difference and Distance in the Literature of Sakiyama Tami, Yi Yang-ji and Tawada Yoko (PhD, funded by a Japan Forum PhD studentship). 

Jane Wallace, The Role of Mainstream Media in Identity Formation among Gender Diverse Individuals in Japan (PhD, funded by ESRC)

Editorial boards

Japan Forum