Janet A. Walker Image

Professor Comparative Literature
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey                                 
Scott Hall - Room 238
New Brunswick, NJ  08901                                                                      
Phone:  848-932-7606
Fax:  732-932-2041
Email:  jwalk@rci.rutgers.edu

Ph.D. Harvard Unversity, Comparative Literature, 1974

Dissertation Title:  "The East-West Context of Shimazaki Toson's
Shinsei (The New Life): A Study in the Modern Confessional

M.A. Harvard University, Comparative Literature, 1968
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, German, 1965

Professor Janet Walker’s publications

The Woman’s Hand: Gender and Theory in Japanese Women’s Writing. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996 (co-editor, with Paul Gordon Schalow)
The Japanese Novel of the Meiji Period and the Ideal of Individualism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979 (author)

Chapters in Books:
“Reading the Postcolonial Diasporic Novel as Picaresque: Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine and Radhika Jha’s Smell.” Home and the World: South Asia in Transition. Ed. Helen Asquine Fazio, V. G. Julie Rajan, Atreyee Phukan, Shreerekha Subramaniam. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.
“Japanese Literary Historiography.” In Literary Studies in India: Literary Historiography.            Ed. Ipshita Chanda. Kolkata: Jadavpur University, Department of Comparative Literature, 2004: 59-81.
“The Cinematic Art of Higuchi Ichiyô’s Takekurabe’ (Comparing Heights, 1895-96).” In Word and Image in Japanese Cinema. Ed. Dennis Washburn and Carole Cavanaugh. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001: 36-58.
“Visiting Flower Meisho (Famous Places) and the Negotiation of Cultural Identity in Texts by Futabatei Shimei and Nagai Kafû.” In Canon and IdentityBJapanese Modernization Reconsidered: Trans-Cultural Perspectives. Ed. Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien, 2000: 77-105.
“Futabatei Shimei’s Ukigumo as a Vehicle of Cognitive and Emotional Reorientation in a Period of Cultural Change.” In Literary Intercrossings: East Asia and the West. Ed. Mabel Lee and A. D. Syrokomla-Stefanowska. University of Sydney World Literature Series, No. 2. Sydney: Wild Peony, 1998: 153-166.  
“The Tenor of Part I of A Dark Night’s Passing: A Naturalist Quest for the Sexual Self.” In Shiga Naoya’s AA Dark Night’s Passing.” Ed. Kinya Tsuruta. Singapore: Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, 1996: 157-196. (also published in Japanese)
“The Russian Role in the Creation of the First Japanese Novel: Futabatei Shimei’s Ukigumo (The Floating Cloud), 1886-89.” In A Hidden Fire: Russian and Japanese Cultural Encounters 1868-1926. Ed. J. Thomas Rimer. Stanford: Stanford University Press and Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1995: 22-37. (also published in Japanese)
“Reading Genres Across Cultures: The Example of Autobiography.” In Reading World Literature: Theory, History, Practice. Ed. Sarah H. Lawall.. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994: 203-235.

Journal Articles:
“Van Gogh, Collector of ‘Japan.’” The Comparatist Vol. 32 (May 2008): 82-114.
“Introduction: Collecting and/as Cultural Transformation.” Co-authored with Helen Asquine Fazio and V. G. Julie Rajan. Introduction to a set of three essays entitled “Collecting and/as Cultural Transformation.” The Comparatist Vol. 32 (May 2008): 36-39.
“The Epiphanic Ending of Shiga Naoya’s An’ya kôro (A Dark Night’s Passing, 1921-1937) in a Modernist Context.” Japanese Language and Literature 37.2 (October 2003): 167-193. “The Uniqueness of the Japanese Novel and Its Contribution to the Theory of the Novel.” Japanstudien: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Instituts für Japanstudien 14 (2002): 287-310.
“Bibliographical Spectrum on Japanese Literature.” Review of National Literatures. Japan: A Literary Overview. Ed. John K. Gillespie. New York: Griffon House Publications (for The Council on National Literatures), 1993: 165-197.
“On the Applicability of the Term ‘Novel’ to Modern Non-Western Long Fiction.” Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature 17 (1988): 47-68.
“The Izumi Shikibu Nikki as a Work of Courtly Literature.” The Literary Review 22 (1980): 463-475.
“Conventions of Love Poetry in Japan and the West.” Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese 14 (1979): 31-65.
“Poetic Ideal and Fictional Reality in the Izumi Shikibu nikki.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 37 (1977): 135-182.

Article in a Festschrift:
“Place, Disease, and Modernity in Nagai Kafû’s Sumidagawa.” In Essays in Honour of Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit on the Occasion of Her 60th Birthday. Ed. Judit Árokay, Verena Blechinger-Talcott, Hilaria Gössmann. München: Iudicium Verlag, 2008. 251-275.

Review Article:
“The True Story of the Nineteenth-Century Japanese Novel.” [on Jonathan E. Zwicker. Practices of the Sentimental Imagination: Melodrama, the Novel, and the Social Imaginary in Nineteenth-Century Japan] Modern Philology 106.1 (August 2008): 128-141.

Professional Activities
Co-organizer, “The Periphery Strikes Back,” a three-day panel, ACLA annual meeting, 2009
Co-organizer, “The Animal Other in Literature, Art and Film,” a three-day panel, ACLA annual meeting, 2006
Co-organizer, “Cross-Cultural and Gendered Collecting,” a three-day panel, ACLA annual meeting, 2003
Co-organizer, “The Rutgers Conference on Japanese Women’s Writing,” 1993
Consultant in Japanese literature in connection with W. W. Norton’s preparation of the Expanded Edition of the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, 1991-1994
Consultant to the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Washington, D. C., in the initial planning stages of the conference ACultural Contact and Interaction, Russia and Japan, 186-1926 (held in Sapporo, Japan in 1991)
Member of Editorial Board, Comparative Literature Studies, 1987B
Member of Advisory Board, American Comparative Literature Association, 1987-1993
Member of Executive Committee, Division on Asian Literatures, Modern Language Association, 1987-1991
Member of Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, 1987-1990
Member of Board of Directors, Association for Asian Studies, 1987-1989

Faculty Spotlight

Comp Lit News

Emerita Professor JOSEPHINE DIAMOND has passed away

Prof. Diamond was a pioneer in the global study of women's expressive cultures and, for many years, Comp Lit's graduate director. A memorial service is being planned -- former students are encouraged to share reflections about their work with her. Please contact andrew.parker@rutgers.edu for details.



2018 Rutgers University Program in Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference: March 2-3

You can find the Call for Papers here. The last day to submit abstracts is December 15, 2017.


Brown Bag Lunch: Humanities Dean MICHELLE ANN STEPHENS on her new book collection Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago

Wednesday, January 17, 12 - 1:30pm, AB-4052


Graduate Colloquium: GABRIELE LAZZARI on Junot Díaz and the Scales of World Literature

Monday, March 19, 5 - 7:30pm, AB-4052


Graduate Student Spotlight

Congratulations to 2016 PhD BEN DE WITTE, now a Doctor-Assistant in the Research Unit on Translation and Intercultural Transfer ("Vertaling en Interculturele Transfer") at KU Leuven in Belgium. Veel succes, Ben!

Comp Lit celebrates our most recent PhDs:

  • Shawn González: "Translating Linguistic Conflicts: A Decolonial Perspective on Multilingual Caribbean Literature" (2017)

  • Matthew Mangold: "Chekhov's Medical Aesthetics: Environments, Psychology, Literature" (2017)

  • Huseyin Ekrem Ulus: "Nationalism, Secularism, Belonging, and Identity in Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, and Orhan Pamuk" (2016)

  • Carolyn Ureña: "Invisible Wounds: Rethinking Recognition in Decolonial Narratives of Illness and Disability" (2017)

Congratulations also to...

  • María Elizabeth Rodríguez Beltrán, awarded a Ford Foudation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
  • Virginia Conn and Rafael Vizcaino, who recently passed their doctoral exams
  • Rudrani Gangopadhyay, winner of the 2017 Cinema Studies Graduate Essay Prize for “Gazing into the Past: Memory in Michael Haneke’s Caché


Rutgers Comp Lit wins Mellon Grant to support Critical Theory in the Global South initiative

The Rutgers Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce a five-year collaboration with the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). This partnership, beginning in 2018-19 and funded generously by the Mellon Foundation’s Critical Theory in the Global South initiative, will support reciprocal dissertation workshops in Mexico City and New Brunswick, as well as the creation of a new interdisciplinary course, to be taught concurrently in English and Spanish at Rutgers and UNAM, on “The University and Its Publics: North, South, and In Between.”

Rutgers Comp Lit participates in this initiative as a member of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP), co-directed by Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) and Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern). For further information about the Rutgers-UNAM collaboration or the ICCTP, please contact Andrew Parker, the principal investigator for the Rutgers Mellon Grant, or go to http://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu/mellon-project/critical-theory-in-the-global-south/.


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