• Janet A. Walker
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  • Specialty: The novel from its European beginnings to its transformations by East, South, and Southeast Asian writers; hybrid modernity in material culture, literature, and the arts; modern Japanese fiction and the West.
  • Degree: B.A., Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard
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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey                                 
New Brunswick, NJ  08901                                                                      
Phone:  848-932-7606
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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