SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Stephen Dodd

BA(Oxon) MA PhD (Columbia)
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Steve Dodd
Professor Stephen Dodd
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4216
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Academic Support Hours:
Wednesdays 3-4pm (Term 2 only)
On Sabbatical:
2018-2019 (Term 1)


Steve gained two BA degrees in Chinese (1977) and Japanese (1980) from Keble College, Oxford.  He obtained a PhD in Japanese Literature from Columbia University (1993).  After teaching briefly at UC Santa Barbara (1993), he became Assistant Professor in Japanese Literature at Duke University (1993-94).  From 1994, he has been teaching at SOAS, University of London, where he is currently Professor of Japanese Literature.  He lectures on various aspects of modern Japanese literature, including women’s writing, the development of a modern self-identity, and literary representations of the city.

His current interests include: Modern Japanese literature, gender studies, and translation studies.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Catherine Ames, Demystifying Taishō: Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Narrative Form and the Politics of Cultural Formation
  • Frances Eames Noland, Tea, Shadows, and Suicide:A Dialogue on Negative Space in the works of Okakura, Tanizaki, and Mishima
  • Kazumi Taguchi, Beyond Tokugawa Confucianism: Soseki and Neo-Edo taste in the Meiji Bun'jin Community
  • Nadeschda Bachem, Imperialism, Occupation and National Identity in Post-Colonial Japanese and South Korean Literature


Modern Japanese literature, gender studies, translation studies


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Authored Books

Dodd, Stephen (2014) The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojiro. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Dodd, Stephen (2004) Writing Home. Representations of the Native Place in Modern Japanese Literature. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.


Dodd, Stephen (2015) 'Gaikan: Eikoku no Nihon bungaku kenkyû'. Nihon kindai bungaku, (92), pp 176-188.

Dodd, Stephen (2012) 'History in the Making: Negotiations between History and Fiction in Tanizaki Jun’ichirô’s "A Portrait of Shunkin"'. Japan Review, (24), pp 147-164.

Dodd, Stephen (2007) 'Darkness Transformed: Illness in the Work of Kajii Motojiro'. The Journal of Japanese Studies, (33) 1, pp 67-91.

Dodd, Stephen and Shibahara, K (2005) 'Sôzô no kudôryoku: toshi to furusato no aida de'. Gengo jôhôgaku kyôshitsu, Osaka Ichiritsu Daigaku Daigakuin Bungaku Kenkyûka, pp 43-56.

Dodd, Stephen (2003) 'Shimazaki Toson: gendai sekai ni okeru kikyou'. Toshi bunka kenkyu, (vol.2), pp 140-146.

Dodd, Stephen (1998) 'The Significance of Bodies in Sôseki's Kokoro'. Monumenta Nipponica, (53 No.), pp 473-498.

Dodd, Stephen (1997) 'Kokoro ni okeru nikutai no jutaisei'. Kokubungaku: Kaishaku to kansho, (62 No.), pp 121-128.

Dodd, Stephen (1996) 'Japan's Private Parts: Place as Metaphor in Nakagami Kenji's Works'. Japan Forum, (8 NO.1), pp 3-11.

Dodd, Stephen (1994) 'Fantasies, Fairies, and Electric Dreams: Satô Haruo’s Critique of Taishô'. Monumenta Nipponica, (49) 3, pp 287-314.

Book Chapters

Dodd, Stephen (2016) '1920 nendai no modanizumu to seiji: Kawabata, Yokomitsu no hikaku kara'. Kawabata Yasunari Studies: 21 seiki ni yomitsugu tame ni. Tokyo: Kasama shoin, pp 74-83.

Dodd, Stephen (2016) 'Kajii Motojirō bungaku ni okeru mono no rekishi'. In: Kokubungaku kenkyū shiryōkan, ., (ed.), Mō hitotsu no Nihon bungakushi – Muromachi, seiai, jikan. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, pp 182-196.

Dodd, Stephen (2016) '“Queer text toshite no ‘Kokoro’ – honyakugaku o tōshite” in and Sophia Research Organization (eds.), Sekai kara yomu Sōseki “Kokoro”, pp.98-111. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, 2016.'. In: Yu, A and Kobayashi, S and Nagao, N, (eds.), Sekai kara yomu Sōseki “Kokoro”. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, pp 98-111.

Dodd, Stephen (2016) 'Space and Time in Modern Japanese Literature'. In: Hutchinson, Racheal and Morton, Leith Douglas, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 13-25.

Dodd, Stephen (2012) 'Modernism and its Endings: Kajii Motojirô as Transitional Writer'. In: Starrs, R., (ed.), Rethinking Japanese Modernism. Leiden: Global Oriental, pp 188-200.

Dodd, Stephen (2007) 'Self and Other in the Writings of Kajii Motojiro'. In: Hutchinson, R. and Williams, M., (eds.), Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature. A Critical Approach.. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 96-108.

Dodd, Stephen (2003) 'Making Space: Kunikida Doppo and the 'Native Place' Ideal in Meiji Literature'. In: Hockx, M. and Smits, I., (eds.), Reading East Asian Writing: The Limits of Literacy Theory. London: Routledge Curzon, pp 240-254.

Dodd, Stephen (1999) 'Translating the Nation: the Politics of Japanese Literary Translations'. In: Grayson, J. and Tennant, A., (eds.), Language, Culture and Translation: Issues in the Translation of Modern Korean Literature. Sheffield: School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield.

Dodd, Stephen (1997) 'Different Feelings: The Intellectual Shift between Meiji and Taisho'. Currents in Japanese Culture: Translations and Transformations. New York: Columbia University Press, pp 263-277.


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