Department Chair, Associate Professor
Japanese Language and Literature
Dr Bullock received an MA in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Japanese Language and Literature from Stanford University. She specializes in modern Japanese literature from the Meiji period to the present, with additional interests in gender and sexuality, feminist theory, history, film and popular culture. She is the author of The Other Women’s Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women’s Fiction (University of Hawai’i, 2010), which describes the unrecognized theoretical contributions of Japanese women writers to second-wave feminism. She has written on Kono Taeko, Takahashi Takako, and Kurahashi Yumiko, and others. Dr Bullock is currently at work on two book projects. The first, Coeds Are Ruining the Nation: Women, Education, and Social Change in Modern Japan, explores the shifting landscape of discourses surrounding gender and sexuality in Japan during the Occupation period, through close scrutiny of the debates over the introduction of coeducation as part of a wave of post-WWII democratic reforms. The second, tentatively titled Beauvoir’s Japanese Daughters: Postwar Japanese Feminism and The Second Sex, explores the reception of Simone de Beauvoir by Japanese female intellectuals in postwar Japan.