Ken K. Ito

Professor, Japanese Literature

Moore Hall 386
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Phone: (808) 956-2233
Fax: (808) 956-9515

Educational Background

Ph.D.; Yale University, Japanese literature

M.A.; Yale University, Japanese literature

B.A.; Yale College, History

 Research Areas

  • Modern Japanese Literature, especially of the Meiji period (1868-1912)
  • Narratology, reception studies, cultural studies

Selected Bibliography

An Age of Melodrama: Family, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Novel. Stanford University Press, 2008 Recipient of the 2010 John W. Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, given for an outstanding work on Japan in English

Visions of Desire: Tanizaki’s Fictional Worlds. Stanford University Press, 1991

“Class and Gender in a Meiji Family Romance: Kikuchi Yūhō’s Chikyōdai,” Journal of Japanese Studies, 28(2), Summer 2002, pages 339-378

“The Family and the Nation in Tokutomi Roka’s Hototogisu,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 60(2), December 2000, pages 489-536


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