Associate Professor Tomoko Aoyama

Associate Professor

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
t.aoyama@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56350

Overview

Associate Professor Tomoko Aoyama’s research interests include modern and contemporary Japanese literature (anti-naturalist movement circa 1910, parody, Russo-Japanese War literature, literary daughters, food in literature) and Japanese girls' manga. Her current research project concerns older women's humour in contemporary Japanese literature, film and theatre.

She has published an award winning monograph on food and eating in modern/contemporary Japanese literature (including cannibalism, gastronomic novel, food diaries, and food and gender) and a number of journal articles and book chapters on modern and contemporary Japanese literature and girls' manga. She has also co-edited two books, and guest edited special issues of Asian Studies Review, Japanese Studies, and US-Japan Women's Journal. She has been active in literary and scholarly translations in conjunction with various research projects.

She is on the Japanese Studies (Japanese Studies Association of Australia) editorial advisory board.

Research Interests

  • Older women's humour in Japanese literature and culture
    The project examines the humour generated by older women in modern Japanese women’s literature. How do old women writers and protagonists deal with discrimination, disabilities, death? What devices do they use to generate laughter? How does that laughter cut across historical, generational and cultural boundaries? What do their attitudes tell us about ageing, gender, and sexuality?
  • Food in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture
    In the monograph Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature and a series of journal articles and book chapters Aoyama investigates representations of food, eating, and cooking in literature and other genres from early twentieth century to contemporary Japan. Sub-themes include: food, gender and sexuality; eating disorder; cannibalism; gourmet novels; the "cooking man"; and environmental issues.
  • Shojo manga (girls' comics): Past, present and future
    A series of international collaborative projects on the innovations of Japanese girls' comics from 1970s to the present with a special focus on gender implications in girs' and women's manga, including BL/yaoi.
  • The Girl, the Body, and the Nation in Japan and the Pacific Rim
    An extension of the ARC project on "From musume to shojo", this international collaborative project included a workshop with the support of the Japan Foundation Intellectual Exchange Conference program and a special issue of the Asian Studies Review (vol.32 no.3 September 2008)
  • From musume (daughter) to shojo (girl): representations of young women in modern Japanese literature
    (ARC Discovery Project) The project investigates the construction and representation of young women in twentieth-century Japanese literature. The central thesis is that the predominant image has changed from that of the musume, i.e. daughters governed by the patriarchal family system, to that of the shojo, or girls/ young women with their own creative, critical, and cultural, if not social or political, power. Through a workshop, a collective volume, and a series of papers, the project will pioneer in the investigation of the change, with special focus on: 1) gender and sexuality; 2) intertextuality; 3) cross-cultural experience; and 4) language and style

Research Impacts

Aoyama's 1988 book chapter "Male Homosexuality as Treated by Japanese Women Writers" not only pioneered in a study of the theme but also drew attention to the quality and the complexity of Japanese girls' manga.

Her research on food, parody, the girl, and humour have also enriched the understanding of Japanese culture and society. In particular, she has taken the initiative in introducting the Japanese literary girl theory both through her research and through translations of Japanese critical works by Honda Masuko, Kawasaki Kenko and Takahara Eiri into English.

Qualifications

  • Diploma Education, Ochanomizu University
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Bachelorof Arts, Ochanomizu University

Publications

  • Configurations of family in contemporary Japan. Edited by Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales and Romit Dasgupta Abington, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2014.

  • Kanai, Mieko, Aoyama, Tomoko and McCarthy, Paul Oh, Tama!. Fukuoka, Japan: Kurodahan Press, 2014.

  • Kanai, Mieko, Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans) and Hartley, Barbara (Trans) Indian summer. Ithaca, NY, United States: Cornell University, 2012.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko and Hartley, Barbara (2010). Introduction. In Aoyama, Tomoko and Hartley, Barbara (Ed.), Girl Reading Girl in Japan (pp. 1-14) Abingdon, Oxon., U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2010). The genealogy of the "girl" critic reading girl. In Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (Ed.), Girl reading girl in Japan (pp. 38-49) London and New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).

  • Aoyama, Tomoko Reading food in modern Japanese literature. Honolulu, HI, United States: University of Hawai'i Press, 2008.

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Configurations of family in contemporary Japan. Edited by Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales and Romit Dasgupta Abington, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2014.

  • Kanai, Mieko, Aoyama, Tomoko and McCarthy, Paul Oh, Tama!. Fukuoka, Japan: Kurodahan Press, 2014.

  • Kanai, Mieko, Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans) and Hartley, Barbara (Trans) Indian summer. Ithaca, NY, United States: Cornell University, 2012.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko and Hartley, Barbara (2010). Introduction. In Aoyama, Tomoko and Hartley, Barbara (Ed.), Girl Reading Girl in Japan (pp. 1-14) Abingdon, Oxon., U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2010). The genealogy of the "girl" critic reading girl. In Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (Ed.), Girl reading girl in Japan (pp. 38-49) London and New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).

  • Aoyama, Tomoko Reading food in modern Japanese literature. Honolulu, HI, United States: University of Hawai'i Press, 2008.

Book

  • Aoyama, Tomoko and Fraser, Lucy Anime Japanese : course reader for JAPN3130 rev. ed. ed. Brisbane: University of Queensland. School of Languages and Cultures, 2017.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko Bunkobon de nihongo [文庫本で日本語] Rev. ed. ed. St Lucia, Brisbane: School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland, 2016.

  • Configurations of family in contemporary Japan. Edited by Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales and Romit Dasgupta Abington, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2014.

  • Kanai, Mieko, Aoyama, Tomoko and McCarthy, Paul Oh, Tama!. Fukuoka, Japan: Kurodahan Press, 2014.

  • Kanai, Mieko, Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans) and Hartley, Barbara (Trans) Indian summer. Ithaca, NY, United States: Cornell University, 2012.

  • Girl reading girl in Japan. Edited by Aoyama, Tomoko and Hartley, Barbara New York, United States: Routledge, 2010.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko Reading food in modern Japanese literature. Honolulu, HI, United States: University of Hawai'i Press, 2008.

Book Chapter

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2017). From 'national' literature to multicultural literature in 'Japanese' language?. In Kaori Okano and Yoshio Sugimoto (Ed.), Rethinking Japanese studies: Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 53-72) Abbingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2017). The wor(l)dmaking of centenarian poets: Mado Michio and Shibata Toyo. In Tom Clark, Emily Finlay and Philippa Kelly (Ed.), Worldmaking: literature, language, culture (pp. 55-65) Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/fillm.5

  • Aoyama, Tomoko and Kennett, Belinda (2016). Nodame's language lessons. In Sarah Pasfield Neofitou and Cathy Sell (Ed.), Manga vision: cultural and communicative perspectives (pp. 146-160) Clayton, VIC, Australia: Monash University Publishing.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko, Dales, Laura and Dasgupta, Romit (2015). Introduction. In Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales and Romit Dasgupta (Ed.), Configurations of family in contemporary Japan (pp. 1-5) Abington, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). Narratives of mother-daughter reconciliation: new possibilities in ageing Japan. In Lisa Raith, Jenny Jones and Marie Porter (Ed.), Mothers at the Margins: Stories of Challenge, Resistance and Love (pp. 245-260) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). Queering the cooking man: food and gender in Yoshinaga Fumi's (BL) manga. In Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma and James Walker (Ed.), Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan (pp. 233-252) Jackson, MS, United States: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). The girl-grandmother relation in Japanese children's literature. In Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales and Romit Dasgupta (Ed.), Configurations of family in contemporary Japan (pp. 49-64) Abington, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). Translating humour in Kanai Mieko's texts. In Francesca Benocci and Marco Sonzogni (Ed.), Translation transnationalism world literature (pp. 23-43) Novi Ligure, AL, Italy: Edizioni Joker.

  • Nagaike, Kazumi and Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). What is Japanese "BL Studies?" A historical and analytical overview. In Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma and James Walker (Ed.), Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan (pp. 119-140) Jackson, MS, USA: University Press of Mississippi.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2015). Yoshiko & Yuriko: love, texts and camaraderie. In Ruth Barraclough, Heather Bowen-Struyk and Paula Rabinowitz (Ed.), Red love across the pacific (pp. 123-139) New York, NY, United States: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2013). Revisiting "Izumiya Dyers": Subaru, the father and the high treason incident. In Masako Gavin and Ben Middleton (Ed.), Japan and the high treason incident (pp. 117-128) New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2012). Introduction. In Indian summer (pp. ix-xiv) Ithaca, NY, United States: Cornell University.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2012). 『のだめカンタービレ』における笑いの要素. In 菅聡子 Satoko Kan, ドラージ土屋浩美 Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase and 武内佳代 Kayo Takeuchi (Ed.), <少女マンガ>ワンダーランド (pp. 83-90) Tokyo, Japan: Meiji Shoin.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko and Wakabayashi, Judy (2010). Identity and relationships in translated Japanese literature. In Carol Maier and Françoise Massardier-Kenney (Ed.), Literature in translation : Teaching issues and reading practices (pp. 101-116) Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko and Hartley, Barbara (2010). Introduction. In Aoyama, Tomoko and Hartley, Barbara (Ed.), Girl Reading Girl in Japan (pp. 1-14) Abingdon, Oxon., U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.

  • Kawasaki, Kenko, Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans.) and Hartley, Barbara (Trans.) (2010). The climate of the girl in Yoshimoto Banana. In Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (Ed.), Girl reading girl in Japan (pp. 50-63) New York, USA: Routledge.

  • Honda, Masuko, Aoyama, Tomoko (Trans.) and Hartley, Barbara (Trans.) (2010). The genealogy of hirahira: liminality and the girl. In Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (Ed.), Girl reading girl in Japan (pp. 19-37) New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2010). The genealogy of the "girl" critic reading girl. In Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (Ed.), Girl reading girl in Japan (pp. 38-49) London and New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).

  • Aoyama, T. (2007). Father-Daughter relationship. In M. Flood, J. K. Gardiner, B. Pease and K. Pringle (Ed.), International encyclopedia of men and masculinities (pp. 189-190) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Hartley, B. T. and Aoyama, T. (2006). "For more than forty days" by Mizuno. Translated by Barbara Hartley and Tomoko Aoyama. In R. Copeland and M. Ortabasi (Ed.), The Modern Murasaki: Writing by women of Meiji Japan (pp. 311-318) New York: Columbia University Press.

  • Aoyama, T. and Hartley, B. T. (2006). "The consciousness of the girl: freedom and arrogance" by Takahara Eiri. Translated by Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley. In R. L. Copeland (Ed.), Woman Critiqued: Translated essays on Japanese women's writing (pp. 185-193) Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

  • Aoyama, T. and Hartley, B. T. (2006). The narcissistic woman writer. In R. L. Copeland (Ed.), Woman Critiqued: Translated essays on Japanese women's writing (pp. 76-82) Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

  • Aoyama, T. (2005). Transgendering shojo shosetsu: Girls' inter-text/sex-uality. In M. McLelland and R. Dasgupta (Ed.), Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan (pp. 49-64) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

  • Aoyama, T. (2003). The cooking man in modern Japanese literature. In K. Louie and M. Low (Ed.), Asian Masculinities: the Meaning and Practice of Manhood in China and Japan (pp. 155-176) London: Routledge Curzon.

  • Aoyama, T. (2001). A Room Sweet as Honey: Father-Daughter Love in Mori Mari. In R.L. Copeland and E. Ramirez-Christensen (Ed.), The Father-Daugher Plot: Japanese Literary Women and the Law of the Father (pp. 167-193) Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Aoyama, T. (2000). The divided appetite: 'Eating' in the literature of the 1920s. In E. Tipton and J. Clark (Ed.), Being Modern in Japan: Culture and Society from the 1910s to the 1930s (pp. 154-167) Honolulu: Uni. of Hawa'ii Press.

  • Aoyama, T. (1999). Japanese literary responses to the Russo-Japanese war. In D. Wells and S. Wilson (Ed.), The Russo-Japanese War in Cultural Perspective, 1904-05 (pp. 60-85) London: MacMillan.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2012). Mad old Japanese woman writes back from an attic of her own. In: Peter Goodall, Refereed Proceedings of the 2011 AULLA Conference: Storytelling in Literature, Language and Culture. Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (36th, AULLA, 2011), Auckland, N.Z., (15-34). 7-9 February 2011.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2012). The aging ame no uzume: gender and humor in Sano Yoko's writing. In: Hosea Hirata, Charles Inouye, Susan Napier and Karen Thornber, The Poetics of Ageing: Confronting, Resisting, and Transcending Mortality in the Japanese Narrative Arts. Association for Japanese Literary Studies Annual Meeting, Medford, MA, United States, (210-224). 12-14 October 2012.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2011). Revisiting 'Izumiya Dyers': Subaru, the father and the High Treason incident. In: Centennial Commemoration of the High Treason Incident - Looking Backward from Australia. A Centennial Commemoration of the High Treason Incident - Looking Backward from Australia, Gold Coast, Australia, (101-111). 20-22 August 2010.

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2007). Two or three things I know about Kanai Mieko's transtextuality. In: Peter Goodall, Refereed Proceedings of The 2007 Aulla Conference: Cultural Interactions in the Old and New Worlds. The 2007 Aulla Conference: Cultural Interactions in the Old and New Worlds, Sydney, Australia, (1-12). February, 2007.

  • Aoyama, T. (2004). The Peach Girl views: Appropriating the gaze. In: R. Cribb and L. Edwards et al., Asia Examined: Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2004. Asia Examined, Canberra, (1-14). 29 June - 2 July 2004.

  • Aoyama, T. (2002). The food diary in 20th century Japanese literature. In: M. Gao, B. Hatley and P. Allen et al, Asian Studies Conference 2002: Program and Abstract Book. After Sovereignty: Nation and Place (Asian Studies Associatioe, Hobart, (137-137). 30th June - 3rd July 2002.

  • Aoyama, T. (2000). Cannibalism, gastronomy and anorexia: A short history of eating in modern Japanese literature. In: A. Skoutarides, Japanese Studies: Communities, Cultures, Critiques: Power and Culture. Tenth Biennial Conference of Japanese Studies Assoc Australia, Monash University, (119-124). July 1997.

  • Aoyama, T. (1999). Honorifics defamiliarised. In: Y. Nagata and K. Uchiyama, Are You Afraid of Teaching Grammar? Workshop Proceedings. Japanese Grammar Workshop: Are you Afraid of Teaching Grammar?, Brisbane, Australia, (64-67). 24-25 September, 1999.

Other Outputs

  • Aoyama, T. (2002) Dietary patterns in (eds.) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture. 1st London: Routledge

  • Aoyama, T. (2002) Eating disorders in (eds.) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture. 1st London: Routledge

  • Aoyama, T. (2002) Inoue Hisashi in (eds.) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture. 1st London: Routledge

  • Aoyama, T. (2002) Japan and Korea: Maximizing Australia's Asia knowledge Victoria (Australia): Asian Studies Association of Australia

  • Aoyama, Tomoko (2002) Tawara Machi in Sandra Buckley (eds.) Encyclopedia of contemporary Japanese culture. London, United Kingdom; New York, United States of America: Routledge

  • Aoyama, T. (2002) Tomioka Taeko in (eds.) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture. 1st London: Routledge

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision