Seth Jacobowitz

Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Seth Jacobowitz is a specialist in modern Japanese literature and media studies from the Meiji period (1868-1912) to present day. My signature piece of scholarship is Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture, Harvard University Asia Center, 2015.  A related area that he works on is Japanese popular and mass culture, with a publication The Edogawa Rampo Reader (Fukuoka: Kurodahan Press, 2008), and a collaboration with my Dr. Aaron W. Moore (History, U. of Manchester) on Robots and Detectives: An Unno Juza Anthology, under contract with Kurodahan Press.  Seth Jacobowitz’s work on mass culture also extends to studies of Japanese animation, notably in its intersections with the philosophy and ecology of the post-human. He has published and translated several articles on this subject for the journal Mechademia (U. of Minnesota Press) and elsewhere, including “Unno Juza and the Uses of Science in Prewar Japanese Popular Fiction” in the Palgrave Handbook of Popular Fiction (Palgrave, 2016).

He maintains strong comparative research and teaching interests in modern Brazilian literature and culture. My next major research project will investigate cross-currents in Japanese and Brazilian modernity, which included the arrival of more than one hundred thousand Japanese immigrants to Brazil in the first half of the 20th century.