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Wakako Suzuki

Wakako Suzuki


Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Japanese

Wakako Suzuki joined the faculty in the Japanese program at Whitman in 2023. She received a Ph.D. at UCLA in 2018, and was previously teaching Japanese, children's literature, and popular culture at Bard College as an assistant professor.

Ph.D. Asian Languages and Culture

M.A. Japanese Literature
Stanford University

M.A. Modern European Studies
Columbia University

B.A. German Literature
Rikkyo University

Her scholarly interests in Japanese literature range from childhood memories, children’s literature, and women’s writing to literary criticism in 19th- and 20th-century Japan.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Suzuki, Wakako. “Children’s Play and Gender Performance: Motifs of Transformation in “The
Children.” U.S.–Japan Women’s Journal, University of Hawai’i Press, Vol. 62:38-58, 2022.

Suzuki, Wakako. “Constructing a New Girl in Meiji Japan: The Japanese Translation of
Frances Hodgson Burnett's Sara Crewe.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's
Literature, Vol. 60 (1); 67-76, 2022. 1

Suzuki, Wakako. “Writing girls through girls’ magazines:(En) gendering childhood, 1895!
1912.” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 7. (1): 7-25, East Asian Journal of Popular
Culture (EAJPC7.1.), 2021.

Suzuki, Wakako. “Sacred or Profane? Representing War Orphans in the Post-war
Occupation of Japan: Ishikawa Jun’s ‘The Jesus of the Ruins.’” Japan Studies Association
Journal. Vol. 15: 127-144, 2018.

“On the Present Reception of Yokomitsu’s Work in North America—From the Perspective of
Shanghai Discussed in the Classroom.” Yokomichi Riichi Studies. Tokyo. Vol. 13. (3): 69-71,

“Youth.” Yokomichi Riichi Studies. Tokyo. Vol. 12. (3): 122-124, 2013.


Wakamatsu Shizuko. “Trees that Grow Kimono,” translated by Wakako Suzuki. U.S.– Japan
Women’s Journal, University of Hawai’i Press, Vol 62: 26-37, 2022.


Book Review of Tuck Robert. Idly Scribbling Rhymers: Poetry, Print and Community in
NineteenthCentury Japan. Routledge, Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary
Journal. Vol. 41. (4) :345-347, 2019.


Suzuki, Wakako. “Children as Cultural Imaginary: The Making of ‘Little Citizens’ through Shōnen
Sekai, 1895–1914.” Association for Japanese Literary Studies.

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