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Margherita Long

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Margherita Long

Associate Professor, Japanese & Comparative Literature
Ph.D. in East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 1998

Margherita Long’s fields of study include modern Japanese literature and film, feminist politics and theory, psychoanalysis and Japanese visual culture. She taught in the Comparative Literature department at SUNY Buffalo before coming to UC Riverside in 2003. During a Fulbright year at Tokyo University in 1995 she studied with Professors Komori Yoichi and Ueno Chizuko. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University in 2001.

Her first book is a feminist reading of modern Japan's most insightful theorist of sexual difference, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro.  Published by Stanford in 2009, it is titled This Perversion Called Love: Reading Tanizaki, Feminist Theory and Freud.

The working title of her second book is Post-Fukushima Public Intellectuals and the Problem of Eco-Feminism.  This project focuses on six figures whose work has both inspired and analyzed Japan's grassroots "Hydrangea Revolution" to end nuclear power.  They are manga artist Hagio Moto, media theorist Azuma Hiroki, political scientist Kang Sangjung, and two novelists, Oda Makoto and Oe Kenzaburo.  The book argues that what unifies their disparate texts is a debate over the force that the material world can and should exert on culture, and on human thought.  Although all six figures are widely recognized as influential thinkers, none iidentifies primarily as a feminist.  The book proposes that ecofeminism is nevertheless  central to all their projects, and that to read their work from this angle is to see that the problem of the nuclear is always also a feminist problem.

Professor Long is co-editor, with Miri Nakamura, of Reviews and Commentary for Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anima, Manga and the Fan Arts.  She also serves on the Executive Board for the University of California's Multi-Campus Workshop Group Japanese Arts and Globalizations (JAG).

Professor Long's Curriculum Vitae

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