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Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Leeds

Irena Hayter is Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Leeds where she teaches Japanese literature, film and cultural history. She holds MAs from Sofia University (Bulgaria) and Kyoto University, and a PhD from SOAS.

Her work has appeared in journals such as positions: asia critique and Japan Forum , as well as in the edited collection Perversion in Modern Japan: Experiments in Psychoanalysis (eds. Nina Cornyetz and J. Keith Vincent).

Her current research takes place at the intersection between literature, visuality and cultural history. The overarching concern is with the perceptual changes of the 1920s and 1930s in Japan and their effects not only on aesthetic practice, but on the whole politico-ideological domain, particularly on the writing of gender and subjectivity. Other themes of research include Japanese film; gender and sexuality; the body and the senses; critical theory.


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    Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Leeds