Reiko Abe Auestad

Professor - Japan Studies
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Academic interests

My areas of interest include modern Japanese literature, cultural and social developments in contemporary Japan, especially vis-a-vis woman’s position in it. My methodological approach has been mainly a text-based and context-oriented analysis of literature and culture. Although my doctoral thesis was on Natsume Sôseki, I have written on various other modern authors, as well as on the family politics and welfare system in Japan and Norway from a comparative, sociological perspective.

In connection with centenary of his death (2016), Natsume Sôseki has received renewed critical attention, to which I have also made a few contributions.  My monograph, Rereading Sôseki: Three Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Novels (Harrassowits Verlag 1998), is now available for free download in CEAS Reprint Series for Rare and Out of Print Publications at Yale University.  I have also co-edited Japanese and English anthologies of essays on Sôseki together with Alan Tansman and J. Keith Vincent (2019). 

My most current research project, “Affect and Cognition in Modern Japanese Literature” (working title), examines novels by Natsume Sôseki, Ôe Kenzaburô, Tsushima Yôko, Kirino Natsuo, and Kawakami Mieko with a focus on how affect and cognition play out in interpersonal relationships both within and outside fictional worlds.  

I have been involved with developing a new international collaborative research project, “Animating Objects” (although still in a planning phase).

I am also a member of the research and education initiative, Literature, Emotion and Cognition.

Teaching

I teach an introductory bachelor’s course on modern Japanese literature, and a master’s course on modern and contemporary Japanese novels besides teaching Japanese at all levels.

Ongoing research

Educational Background and Appointments

  • Wigeland Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, Fall 2017
  • Council member of the EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies), 2011-2014.
  • Officer/Secretary of the EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies), 2008-2011.
  • Council member of the EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies) 2005-2008.  
  • Professor, University of Oslo from 2001
  • Guest researcher, Tokyo Univesity, 1998-1999
  • Defending Ph.D thesis, University of Oslo, 1995
  • Associate Professor, University of Oslo from 1994
  • Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1992
  • Research Fellow, University of Oslo 1992 - 1993
  • MA in Japanese literature and language,  University of Wisconsin, 1982
  • BA in English and American literature, Sophia University, Tokyo, 1980
  • BA in Humanistic Studies, University of Wisconsin, 1979
Tags: Japan, Modern Japanese literature and culture, Women 's position in Japan

Publications

  • "The Scar: A Story from Seitô." Monumenta Nipponica 58 (2 ) 2003:171-192
  • ."Nakano Shigeharu's 'Goshaku no sake' (Five Cups of Sake)." Journal of Japanese Studies 28 (1) 2002:79-107
  • "Reading Modern Japanese Literature as a Critical Project: The Case of Dazai Osamu's Autobiographical Novel, Tsugaru". Reading East Asian Writing: Essays on Literature, Theory, China and Japan. London: Curzon Press, 2002
  • "Discourse in the Japanese Novel: 'Dialogic' Social Exchanges in Natsume Soseki's Meian". Essays on Bakhtinian Theory in the Field of Japanese Studies Lewiston, Queenston, and Lampeter: Edwin Mellom Press, 2001
  • "Ôe Kenzaburô og etterkrigstidens Japan". Kritikkjournalen 1996
  • "Ogino Anna and parodic language".Japan Forum, 10 (1)1998
  • Japan Forteller. Ed. Oslo: De Norske Bokklubbene 1994. 506 s.
  • “Against the Linguistic Constraints: Narratological Structure and Writing Style in Natsume Sôseki's Meian,”  Japan Forum, British Association for Japanese Studies, 5 (2) 1993
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2021). "Japanese Ibsens". In Fulsås, Narve & Rem, Tore (Ed.), Ibsen in Context. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 978-1-108-42220-8. p. 239–247. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.1017/9781108381130.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2019). "The Affect that Disorients Kokoro". Review of Japanese Culture and Society. ISSN 0913-4700. 29. doi: 10.1353/roj.2017.0003. Full text in Research Archive
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe; Tansman, Alan & Vincent, J. Keith (2019). "Editor's Introduction: Sôseki Great and Small". Review of Japanese Culture and Society. ISSN 0913-4700. doi: 10.1353/roj.2017.0000. Full text in Research Archive
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2019). Sekai bungaku to shiteno meian. In Auestad, Reiko Abe; Tansman, Alan & Vincent, J. Keith (Ed.), Sôseki no ibasho. Iwanami Shoten. ISSN 9784000237413. p. 161–183.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe; Tansman, Alan & Vincent, J. Keith (2019). Hajimeni: Sôseki no sekaisei. In Auestad, Reiko Abe; Tansman, Alan & Vincent, J. Keith (Ed.), Sôseki no ibasho. Iwanami Shoten. ISSN 9784000237413. p. v–xvi.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2018). "Tsuhima Yuko and the Ethics of Cohabitation". The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. ISSN 1557-4660. 16(12). Full text in Research Archive
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2018). "Colliding forms in literary history: A reading of Natsume Sôseki's Light and Dark". In Hawas, May (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to World Literature and World History. Routledge. ISSN 978-1138921658.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2017). "Ibuse Masuji's Kuroi Ame (Black Rain 1965) and Imamura Shohei's Film Adaptation, Kuroi Ame (Black Rain 1989)". Bunron - Journal of Japanese Literary Studies. ISSN 2199-2754. 4. Full text in Research Archive
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2016). Invoking affect in Kawakami Mieko's Chihi to ran (Breasts and Eggs, 2008): Higuchi Ichiyô, playful words and ludic gestures. Japan forum. ISSN 0955-5803. 28(4), p. 530–548. doi: 10.1080/09555803.2016.1189448.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2016). "Kokoro to kokoro no jôcho teki na sôgû" (Meeting of Hearts and Kokoro). In Yiu, Angela; Kobayashi, Sachio & Nagao, Naoshige (Ed.), Sekai kara yomu Kokoro (Kokoro from the World Perspective). Bensei Publishing. ISSN 978-4-585-22660-4. p. 112–126.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2016). "Affect Natsume Soseki, and World Literature: Keynote Lecture in Japanese Studies". Orientaliska Studier. ISSN 0345-8997. 147, p. 11–27.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2015). "Ipusen to Sôseki: romanchikkurabu ideorogî to ren'ai no yukue" (From Ibsen to Sôseki: in the shadow of romantic love ideology). In Okazawa, Norio (Eds.), Hokuoo gaku no furontia. Minerva Shobou. ISSN 4-623-07200-2.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2014). "Kokoro o kakuran suru jôdô" (Affect that disorients "Kokoro"). Bungaku. ISSN 0389-4029. 15(6), p. 158–174.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2014). "Between History and Heritage: Forests and Mountains as a Figurative Space for Revitalizing the Past in the Works of Ôe Kenzaburô". Kokusai shinpojūmu. ISSN 0915-2822. 19.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2011). Gurotesuku de Kirino Natsuo: Lettres, carnets et journaux intimes comme dispositifs textuels. In Matsuzaki-Petitmengin, Sekiko; Sakai, Cécile & Struve, Daniel (Ed.), Études japonaises, textes et contextes. Collège de France. ISSN 978-2-913217-26-3. p. 247–257.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2010). Long-Term Care Insurance, marketization and the quality of care: 'good time living' in a recently established nuring home in a suburb of Tokyo. Japan forum. ISSN 0955-5803. p. 209–231.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2010). Long-Term Care Insurance, Marketization, and Quality of Care: 'Good Time Living'. In Auestad, Reiko Abe; Saito, Yayoi & Wærness, Kari (Ed.), Meeting the Challenges of Elder Care: Japan and Norway. Kyoto University Press. ISSN 978-4-87698-938-6. p. 68–87.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2009). "Kobayashi Takiji, Strindberg's Miss Julie, and the Realist View of the Body", Takiji no shiten kara mita Shintai, Chiiki, Kyoiku. Otaru Commercial University Press. ISSN 9784877383619.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2008). The Modern Murasaki: Writing by Women of Meiji Japan. Monumenta Nipponica. ISSN 0027-0741. 63(1), p. 35–38.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2008). The Problematic of Border-Crossing in "Kafka on the Shore": Between Metaphor and Reality. In Arokay, Judith; Blechinger-Talcott, Verena & Gössmann, Hilaria (Ed.), Essays in Honour of Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit on the Occasion of her 60th Birthday. IUDICIUM Verlag GmbH. ISSN 978-3-89129-960-9. p. 295–310.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2006). "Ibsen's individualism in Japan: John Gabriel Borkman and Ôgai Mori's Seinen (Youth, 1910)". Ibsen Studies. ISSN 1502-1866. vi(1), p. 44–67.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2006). "Implications of Globalization for the Reception of Modern Japanese Literature: Murakami Haruki". In Guttman, Anna; Hockx, Michel & Paizis, Georges (Ed.), The Global Literary Field. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISSN 1-84718-053-1. p. 21–39.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2005). "Nordmenn er uhøflige og japanerne høflige--Er dette myter?". In Aambø, Reidun (Eds.), Typisk norsk å være uhøflig? Innvandrere har ordet. Kulturbro Forlag. ISSN 82-91234-35-3. p. 179–198.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2005). "Familie og kvinner i japansk populærkultur og litteratur: Kjønnsroller i endring eller i tilpasning?". In Grønning, Terje (Eds.), Vinduer mot Japan: Perspektiver på samfunn, kultur og språk. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. ISSN 82-519-2046-9. p. 65–81.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2004). "Nihon to noruwee no bunka kôryû" (Cultural exchange between Japan and Norway), Noruwee no shakai (Norwegian Society). Waseda University Press. ISSN 4-657-04928-3. p. 199–211.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2004). "Katei seisaku" (Family Politics), Noruwee no keizai (Norwegian Society: Economy). Waseda University Press. ISSN 4-657-04927-5. p. 95–113.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2004). "Kyôiku seido" (Education System), Noruwee no shakai (Norwegian Society). Waseda University Press. ISSN 4-657-04928-3. p. 149–163.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2003). "The Scar: A Story from Seito". Monumenta Nipponica. ISSN 0027-0741. 58(2), p. 171–192.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2002). "Nakano Shigeharu's 'Goshaku no sake'". Journal of Japanese Studies. ISSN 0095-6848. 28(1), p. 79–107.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2002). "Reading Modern Japanese Literature as a Critical Project: The Case of Dazai Osamu's Autobiographical Novel, Tsugaru". In Hockx, Michel & Smits, Ivo (Ed.), Reading East Asian Writing: Essays on Literature, Theory, China and Japan. Curzon Press, London.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2001). "Kenkyû nôto: Hokuô (noruwee) ni okeru nihon kindai bungaku kenkyû" (Research Notes: 'Modern Japanese Literature' in Scandinavia: Norway). Nihon kindai bungaku (Modern Japanese Literature). ISSN 0549-3749.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2001). "Discourse in the Japanese Novel: 'Dialogic' Social Exchanges in Natsume Soseki's Meian". In Johnson, Jeffery (Eds.), Essays on Bakhtinian Theory in the Field of Japanese Studies. Edwin Mellom Press, Lewiston, Queenston, and Lampeter, U.S.A..
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2001). "The Movement of kaiki in Eto Jun". In Nagashima, Yoichi (Eds.), Return to Japan: From "Pilgrimage" to the West. University of Aarhus Press.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2000). "Natsume Soseki to Abe Yoshishige" (Natsume Soseki and Abe Yoshishige). Soseki kenkyu. ISSN 1343-7569. 13, p. 80–90.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1998). "Ogino Anna and parodic language". Japan forum. ISSN 0955-5803.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1996). "Ôe Kenzaburô og etterkrigstidens Japan". Kritikkjournalen. ISSN 0801-0471.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1996). "The Lady of Eguchi: Profane or Sacred?". In Frellesvig, Bjarke & Hermansen, Christian (Ed.), Florilegium Japonicum. Akademisk Forlag.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1993). The Critical Reception of Soseki's Kojin and Meian in Japan and in the West. The journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese. ISSN 0885-9884. 27:2, p. 229–257.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1993). "Against the Linguistic Constraints: Narratological Structure and Writing Style in Natsume Soseki's Meian". Japan forum. ISSN 0955-5803. 5:2, p. 231–243.

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  • Auestad, Reiko Abe; Tansman, Alan & Vincent, J. Keith (2019). Sôseki no ibasho. Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 9784000237413. 298 p.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe; Tørring, Magne & Kaminka, Ika (2018). Knakketiknakk. Korte fortellinger fra Japan 1895-2012. Bokvennen forlag. ISBN 978-82-7488-779-4. 644 p.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2016). Rereading Sôseki: Three Early Twentieth Century Novels. Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. ISBN 978-0-9912509-3-6.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe; Saito, Yayoi; Wærness, Kari & Wærness, Kari E (2010). Meeting the Challenges of Elder Care: Japan and Norway. Kyoto University Press. ISBN 978-4-87698-938-6. 210 p.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2004). Noruwee no shakai (Norwegian Society). Waseda University Press. ISBN 4-657-04928-3. 225 p.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2004). Noruwee no keizai (Norwegian Society: Economy). Waseda University Press. ISBN 4-657-04927-5. 201 p.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1998). Rereading Soseki: Three Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Novels. Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN 3-447-04122-6. 208 p.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1994). Japan Forteller. De Norske Bokklubbene. ISBN 82-525-2987-9. 506 p.

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  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2021). "Autobiographical Writings from a Cognitive Perspective: Affects and Sensibility in Shiga Naoya's shishosetsu".
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Auestad, Reiko Abe (2021). Noveller i Øst og Vest! Foredrag og samtale om japansk og vestlig novelletradisjon .
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2019). "Sôseki, Cognition and World Literature".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2019). "Sôseki no kokoro" (Reading Sôseki's Kokoro).
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2019). "Abe Nôsei: Shiki e no omoi" (Abe Nôsei through his view of Masaoka Shiki) .
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2018). "Seven years after the 3.11: Rethinking the human-nonhuman continuum in Tawada Yôko's Emissary (Kentoshi 2014)".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2017). "Sôseki's Narrative Experiments: FID, Shaseibun and Dialogues".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2017). "Abe Yoshishige on Masaoka Shiki as a Person".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2017). "Between Monogatari and the Novel: Genji, Nakgami Kenji and Sôseki".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2016). "The 1989 Filmatization of Ibuse Masuji’s Kuroi Ame (Black Rain 1966) by Imamura Shohei”.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2016). “Ibuse Masuji’s Kuroi Ame (Black Rain 1965) and Imamura Shôhei’s Filmatization (1989)”.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2016). “Affect, Natsume Sôseki and World Literature.” Keynote Lecture. .
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2015). "Murakami Haruki, World Literature and Kafka on the Shore".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2015). "Kawakami Mieko's Chichi to ran (breasts and eggs): Negative Feelings in Circulation".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2014). "Affect that disorients 'Kokoro'".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2014). "Murakami Haruki, Sauejakten og globalisering av litteratur".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2013). "Positionality, affect and performance in Soseki's Kokoro".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe & Tørring, Magne (2013). Oversatt aften: japansk litteratur i Norge nå.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2013). "Murakami Haruki, world literature, and Kafka on the Shore".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2012). “Between history and heritage: forests and mountains as a figurative space for revitalizing the past in Ôe Kenzaburô’works".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2011). Toge nuki jizoo engi (On 'Toge nuki jizoo engi, 2008' by Ito Hiromi).
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2011). “Bunka no honyaku to shite no kantekisutosei: Ito Hiromi no Nihon no fushigi na hanashi" (Intertextuality as a form of Cultural Translation: Ito Hiromi's Mysterious Tales of Japan).
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2010). “Hypertextuality / intertextuality as a Form of ‘Cultural Translation’: Akutagawa Ryûnosuke’s ‘In a Grove’ and Itō Hiromi’s ‘Mysterious Tales of Japan".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe & Kaminka, Ika (2010). Duell: Hvor japansk er Murakami?
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe & Saito, Yayoi (2010). Introduction. In Auestad, Reiko Abe; Saito, Yayoi & Wærness, Kari (Ed.), Meeting the Challenges of Elder Care: Japan and Norway. Kyoto University Press. ISSN 978-4-87698-938-6. p. xii–xxi.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2009). The Bluestockings of Japan: New Woman Essays and Fiction from Seito, 1911-16. Monumenta Nipponica. ISSN 0027-0741. 64(1), p. 195–198.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2009). “Kirino Natsuo's Grotesque: Epistle, Memoir and Diary as Narrative Instruments”.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe; Tørring, Magne & Kaminka, Ika (2009). Litteratur på Blå: Haruki Murakami.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2008). Kobayashi Takiji, Strindberg's Miss Julie, and the Realist View of the "Body".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2008). The Book Review of Suicidal Honor: General Nogi and the Writings of Mori Ôgai and Natsume Sôseki by Doris Bargen (University of Hawai'i Press, 2006). Journal of Japanese Studies. ISSN 0095-6848. 34(1), p. 203–208.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2008). Suicidal honor: General Nogi and the writings of Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki. Journal of Japanese Studies. ISSN 0095-6848. 34(1), p. 203–208.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2008). The modern murasaki: Writing by women of Meiji Japan. Monumenta Nipponica. ISSN 0027-0741. 63, p. 196–198.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2005). "How to tell a true war story: representation of history in Murakami Haruki's Wind up bird-chronicle".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2005). "Implicatoins of Globalization on the Reception of Modern Japanese Literature: Murakami Haruki".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2005). "Noruwee no kyôiku seido" (Educaiton system in Norway).
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2005). "Noruwee/Hokuô no bunka to gengo" (Culture and Language in Norway/Scandinavia).
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2004). "The new social insurance for the care of the elderly in Japan: Is it a departure or continuaiton of the Japanese welfare model?".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2003). "The Japanese New Woman in the early twentieth century: Mineko in Soseki's Sanshiro," part of the panel session, "Cashing in on Soseki: Modern Japanese Literature, Critical Reception, and the State".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2003). "Reading Soseki like Ibsen: The Drama That Can Be Re-performed," part of the panel, "The Actuality of Natsume Soseki in 2004".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2002). "Missing Links in Dazai Osamu's Autobiographical Novels".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2001). "Familien i Japan: Drømmens sendebud".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2001). "Reading History in Modern Japanese Literature: Natsume Soseki and Oe Kenzaburo".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (2000). �Reading Modern Japanese Literature as a Critical Project�.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1999). "Nakano Shigeharu no 'wakarinikusa' ni tsuite" (On difficulty of understanding Nakano Shigeharu). Gengo bunka. ISSN 0288-1195. 16, p. 126–133.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1998). The Book Review of Be a Woman: Hayashi Fumiko and Modern Japanese Women's Literature by Joan Ericson (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997). Monumenta Nipponica. ISSN 0027-0741. 53:2, p. 271–273.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1998). "Natsume Soseki's Meian".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1997). "Dazai Osamu's Female Monologues (onna gatari)".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1996). The Book Review of The Dilemma of the Modern in Japanese Fiction by Dennis Washburn (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995). Journal of Japanese Studies. ISSN 0095-6848. 22:2, p. 421–426.
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1995). "The Bad Faith Mechanism and a Rhetorical Language in Botchan".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1995). "Ogino Anna and Yoshimoto Banana: Two cases of Postmodern writing".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1994). "Between Ogino Anna's Dancer from the Snow Country and the Lady of Eguchi".
  • Auestad, Reiko Abe (1995). "Natsume Sôseki's Kôjin (The Wayfarer) and Meian (Light and Darkness) Reconsidered: Textual Analysis with Emphasis on Native Constraints". Universitetet i Oslo.

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