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Noriko J. HoriguchiNoriko J. Horiguchi

Associate Professor, Chair
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2003
709 McClung Tower

Phone: (865) 974-6984

See also: CV | Teaching Philosophy

Noriko J. Horiguchi (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2003) is an Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, gender studies, and cultural studies.

During her tenure at UT, Horiguchi has also held Visiting Scholarships at the University of Tokyo (2019 and 2007), Kyoto University (2016); and Visiting Associate Professorships at Kobe University (2014), the University of Pennsylvania (2009–2010), and Josai International University (July 2010, 2011, 2012).

Her first monograph, Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan's Imperial Body (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), analyzes how women figured in the expansion of the national body of the empire.

The publication of Women Adrift led to numerous invited talks in the US, UK, and Japan, including at the University of California at Berkeley (2016), the Library of Congress (2013), Cambridge (2014), Oxford (2014), the University of London (2014), and Ochanomizu University (2016).

Currently, Horiguchi is preparing her second book manuscript, on food narratives and memories in modern Japan. Part of her argument on this topic can be read in “The Devouring Empire: Food and Memory in Hayashi Fumiko’s Wartime Narratives and Naruse Mikio’s Films,” in Devouring Japan: Global Perspectives on Japanese Culinary Identity, ed. Nancy K. Stalker (Oxford University Press, 2018).

One of Horiguchi’s articles in the Japanese language is available in the edited volume Nihon Eigashi Sōsho: Shintai, Jendā, Sekushuaritī (Japanese Film History Series: The Body, Gender, Sexuality), ed. Ayako Saito, vol. 6. (Tokyo: Shinwasha, 2006).

Horiguchi has taught courses in Modern Japanese Literature: From Meiji to WWII; Contemporary Japanese Fiction and Film (JAPA/CNST 315, offered every fall); Food Narratives and Memories in Modern Japan (JAPA 314, offered every spring); Introduction to Japanese Civilization: From Prehistory to the Present; and Japanese language at all levels.

In 2015, Horiguchi's teaching was profiled in The Daily Beacon, the UT student newspaper.

In 2019, Horiguchi gave a radio interview on the connection among Japanese culture, economy, and politics in Tennessee on the occasion of Consul General of Japan Hiroyuki Kobayashi's visit to UT.

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