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Brett de Bary

Professor, Asian Studies (Modern Japanese Literature and Film); Professor, Comparative Literature
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Brett de Bary received her B. A. from Barnard College, and her M. A. and Ph. D. from Harvard University. She has been Director of Cornell's Society for the Humanities (2003-2005) and Director of the Visual Studies Program (2000-2003), she holds a joint appointment with the Department of Asian Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell. Her research interests include modern Japanese fiction and film; the Japanese post-modern; comparative literary theory, translation theory and post-colonial theory; and gender and philosophy. She is currently doing research on Japanese woman writer, Morisaki Kazue, member of the influential artist/activist collective "Circle Village" (Saakuru mura) during the political and cultural upheavals surrounding the 1960 renewal of the Japan-U. S. Security Treaty and the historic Mitsui Miike coal mine strike. She has translated work by Karatani Kojin (Origins of Japanese Literature, Duke University, Arisawa Award Finalist, 1994), Oe Kenzaburo, Nakano Shigeharu, Miyamoto Yuriko, and Morisaki Kazue. Her essay on bi-lingual (Japanese/German) author Tawada Yoko was published in Translation and the Senses of the Wor(l)d in Tamkang Studies of Foreign Languages and Literatures (No. 9, 2007). Deconstructing Nationality (Cornell East Asia Series, 2005), co-edited with Iyotani Toshio Naoki Sakai, has been published in English and Japanese-language editions. Brett de Bary is Associate Editor of Traces: A Multilingual Series of Cultural Theory and Translation. She was a member of the Japan Foundation American Advisory Council from 1995-2002. She has held Fulbright, Japan Foundation, and Social Science Research Council Fellowships.