Angelika Koch-Low

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Lecturer in East Asian Languages & Literatures (January - May 2017)
Areas of interest : 
Early Modern Japanese Language, Literature & Culture; Genders/Sexualities and Medicine
Region: 
Japan

Angelika Koch-Low completed her Master in Japanese Studies and her Bachelor in English Literature at the University of Vienna, with periods of study at Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice and Meiji University in Tokyo. Her Master’s thesis focused on the depiction of male-male same-sex desire in comic literature of the Edo period. She then studied for a Ph.D. in Japanese at the University of Cambridge. Her Ph.D. thesis Sexual Healing: Sexuality, Health and the Body in Early Modern Japan (1600-1868), which she is currently preparing for publication with Cambridge University Press, explored medical views of sex as a health and disease concept in the Edo period. 

Angelika is also part of the collaborative project Timing Day and Night: ‘Timescapes’ in Pre-modern Japan, which explores time as a set of social practices prior to the introduction of the Western time system. In April 2015, she convened the international conference Timing Day and Night at the University of Cambridge. In September 2016, she was awarded a JSPS Fellowship at Tokyo University to pursue further research for this project in Japan. Beyond this, her academic and teaching interests extend to modern and contemporary Japan, and she co-edited a volume of research on genders and sexualities (Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge, LIT 2013).

 

Courses

EALL 231

Genders and Sexualities in Japanese Literature and Culture, 1600-Present

Overview of how genders and sexualities developed in a particular, non-Western society, offering a survey of Japan from the early modern period (1600-1868) to the present. Select themes based on literary readings (in translation), supported by visual materials and film clips, and situated within the broader socio-political, cultural, and historical field. 

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: M,W 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
EALL 631

Genders and Sexualities in Japanese Literature and Culture, 1600-Present

Overview of how genders and sexualities developed in a particular, non-Western society, offering a survey of Japan from the early modern period (1600-1868) to the present. Select themes based on literary readings (in translation), supported by visual materials and film clips, and situated within the broader socio-political, cultural, and historical field. 

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: M,W 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
JAPN 171

Readings in Literary Japanese

Close analytical reading of a selection of texts from the Nara through the Tokugawa periods: prose, poetry, and various genres. Introduction to kanbun.

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: M,W 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
JAPN 571

Readings in Literary Japanese

Close analytical reading of a selection of texts from the Nara through Tokugawa period: prose, poetry, and various genres. Introduction of kanbun.

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: M,W 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM