- Associate Chair, Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature
Associate Professor of Japanese
Convener of Japanese
- STH 612
- BA, Harvard University
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago
Fall 2013 Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-3:30
Sarah Frederick’s areas of specialization are in 20th-century Japanese literature and history and relationships among mass media, modern literature, gender, and culture. She has worked extensively on women writers, feminist thought, and Marxism in 1920s and 30s women’s culture. She has also published on photography in 1930s-1950s and often analyzes image and text materials together.
She is the author of Turning Pages: Reading and Writing Women’s Magazines in Interwar Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2006), and articles in positions: East Asian Cultures Critique, US Japan Women’s Journal and Japan Forum. She was also a contributor to Bad Girls of Japan, Laura Miller and Jan Bardsley, eds.
Professor Frederick is currently working on a book project that looks at 20th-century Japanese literature and history through the voluminous works of Yoshiya Nobuko (1896-1973), one of modern Japan’s most commercially successful authors who is also seen as formative of many aspects of girls’ culture (shōjo culture). The project deals with materials from throughout Yoshiya’s writing life, from the 1910s to the 1970s, including her travel writings in Asia during and after the Pacific war, as well as her afterlife in popular girls’ culture, including manga and anime.
In addition to the book on Yoshiya Nobuko, she is also currently working on a joint Digital Humanities project with Alice Tseng (BU, History of Art and Architecture) “Mapping Kyoto” funded in part by the Hariri Institute for Computational Research and a related paper mapping Soseki’s travels in Kyoto.
She has received a BFRI (Bunka Fashion Research Institute) and MEXT Collaborative Fellowship for research on representations of kimono in literary modernism and the modernist and cosmopolitan aspects of kimono wearing and representation. She has also received funding for her research from Fulbright-Hays, Japanese Ministry of Education, and the NEH, and was the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Professor in 2008-09.
She served as Acting Chair of MLCL in 2010-2011 and is on the Board of the BU Center for the Study for Asia for which she has also served as Associate Director. She is on the Executive Board of the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies of which Boston University is a member.
Academia.edu profile: http://bu.academia.edu/SarahFrederick