KONO Shion

河野 至恩
Associate Professor
Comparative Literature / Modern Japanese Literature
B.A., Bowdoin College
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Research and Teaching Interests:

I have written on a wide range of topics in comparative literature and modern Japanese literature. My earlier research mainly focused on the author Mori Ōgai, and I have examined Mori Ōgai’s historical fiction as well as his engagement with German-language books. I have also investigated literary travels, as a genre, a theme, and as actual movements of authors and texts. More recently, I have translated and written on contemporary Japanese criticism (hihyō) since the 1990s, especially on the critical discourses on popular culture. I have also been interested in the question of reading Japanese literature as world literature.


At Sophia, I teach courses in comparative literature, including courses on contemporary literature, cultural encounters and literature, and literature and film. I also teach a Core course on critical thinking. 

Selected Publications:

Books
Hiroki Azuma. Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals. Translated by Jonathan E. Abel and Shion Kono. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Book Chapters
Kono, Shion. “Poppu Karuchaa gensetsu no shisa kara kangaeru
[Thinking from a parallax of pop culture discourses]. In Hiroki Azuma (ed.), Nihonteki Sōzōryoku no mirai [The Future of Japanese Imagination]. Tokyo: NHK Books, 2010: 259-79.

Journal Articles
Kono, Shion. “The Rhetoric of Annotation in Mori Ōgai's Historical Fiction and Shiden Biographies.” Journal of Japanese Studies, 32:2 (2006): 311-340.

Kono, Shion. “A Travelogue of a ‘Round-the-World Trip’ on Tokyo Asahi Shimbun: Newspaper Media at the late Meiji Period and the Experience Abroad.” PAJLS Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies 8 (2007): 212-221.

Kono, Shion. Review of The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation by Thomas Lamarre, Monumenta Nipponica, 66:1 (2011): 205-07.

COURSES

Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
LIT201 LITERARY GENRES Autumn
LIT324 LITERATURE AND FILM Autumn
LIT470 SEMINAR IN WORLD LITERATURE Spring
LIT300 WESTERN LITERATURE Not Offered
LIT352 WORLD LITERATURE: A LITERARY JOURNEY Not Offered
Tel:
03-3238-4054
Email:
s-kono@sophia.ac.jp
Website:
http://shionkono.wordpress.com/about/
http://sophia.academia.edu/shionkono
Office:
10-637