Japan, Tokyo, Literature, Film, Performing Arts


Barbara Thornbury is chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. The author of three books and a number of journal articles and book chapters, she recently co-edited and contributed to Tokyo: Memory, Imagination, and the City.  Her current research projects relate to Japanese literature and film.

Selected Publications

  • Tokyo: Memory, Imagination, and the City (Lexington Books, 2018)--co-editor and contributor
  • "Cultural References in the Novels of Fuminori Nakamura: A Case Study in Current Japanese-to-English Literary Translation Practices and Challenges" (Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies, 2017)
  • “Tokyo, Gender, and Mobility: Tracking Fictional Characters on Real Monorails, Trains, Subways, and Trams” (Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 2014)
  • America’s Japan and Japan’s Performing Arts: Cultural Mobility and Exchange in New York, 1952-2011 (University of Michigan Press, 2013)   

Courses Taught

  • Mystery and Crime Fiction in Japan
  • Stories of Parents and Children in Japanese Literature and Film
  • Tokyo in Literature and Film
  • Japanese Literature in Film
  • Japanese Short Stories in Translation, From Soseki to Murakami