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Yiu Angela

NameYiu Angela
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Liberal Arts
Job titleProfessor
DegreeB.A.(University of Cornell), M.A.(University of Yale), Ph.D.(University of Yale)
Research funding number90255208
J-Global ID200901020234232443


My research interest is in Modern Japanese Fiction, with an emphasis on Meiji and Taisho fiction. The focus of my research until 1999 was the works of Natsume Soseki. Between 1999-2002 I worked on women writers (Mori Mari, Koganei Kimiko) and the Mori Ogai family. Currently, I am working on utopianism, modernism, postwar literature, and urban space in Japanese literature. I also work on the Sino-Japanese issues in modern literature.I teach the following 5 undergraduate courses: Lit 231 Introduction to Japanese Literature,Lit 435 Modern Japanese Fiction 1, Lit 436 Modern Japanese Fiction 2, and two courses titled Topics in Japanese Literature. My research interest is in Modern Japanese Literature. I also teach a graduate course in the Graduate School of Global Studies (JS 511 Interpretations of Modernity. Currently I research on Taisho utopianism, modernism, postwar literature, and urban space in modern Japanese literature.(Subject of research)
Urban Space in Literature
A global perspective on Taisho utopianism: its origin, development, and its relevance today
Three-Dimensional Reading: Time and Space in Japanese Modernist Literature
Sino-Japanese issues in modern literature(Proposed theme of joint or funded research)
Urban Space in Japanese Literature
Japanese Modernist Literature, postwar literature, literature and colonialism
Sino-Japanese issues in modern literature

Research Interests

Contemporary Japanese Literature ,Meiji literature ,literature ,Taisho ,utopianism ,modernism ,Urban Space ,Japanese Literature

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Literature - Japanese / 

Research History

Apr 2021
Faculty of Liberal Arts  Dean 
Apr 2009
Sophia University Faculty of Liberal Arts Professor 
Apr 2019
Mar 2021
Faculty of Liberal Arts Department of Liberal Arts Chair 
Apr 2011
Mar 2014
Sophia University  Vice President for Academic Exchange 
Apr 2009
Mar 2011
Sophia University  Dean of the Graduate School of Global Studies 


Sep 1985
May 1992
Yale University East Asian Languages & Literatures East Asian Languages & Literat
Sep 1982
May 1985
Cornell University Arts and Sciences Comparative Literature and Asian Studies
Sep 1981
May 1982
University of Hong Kong Faculty of Arts 


Angela Yiu   
Review of Japanese Culture and Soceity   29 109-125   Jul 2019   [Refereed]
An literary analysis of Soseki's travels in Manchuria and Korea as narrated in his work Mankan tokorodokoro
Angela Yiu   
Review of Japanese Culture and Society   29 126-135   Jul 2019   [Refereed]
A translation with an introduction of Soseki's lecture in Dalian 1909


Angela Yiu   
Contemporary Japan   1-2   Feb 2021   [Refereed]
Angela Yiu   
JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES   65(2) 422-424   May 2006   
Yiu Angela   
Sophia International Review   (26) 45-59   2004

Books and Other Publications

Angela Yiu(Part:Contributor, sole author of chapter)
Modern Language Association   Jan 2023   (ISBN:9781603295949)
Angela Yiu(Part:Contributor, sole author of chapter; Book title: Differences in the City: Postmetropolitan Heterotopia as Liberal Utopian Dreams)
Nova Science Publisjher   Oct 2020   (ISBN:9781536185324)
Auestad, Reiko Abe, Tansman, Alan, Vincent, Keith, Yiu, Angela(Part:Joint author, sole author of chapter)
Iwanami shoten   Dec 2019   (ISBN:9784000237413)
Yiu Angela(Part:Joint author, pp. 1-179 edited, pp. 7-25 written)
Bensei shuppan   31 Jan 2016   (ISBN:9784585226604)   
A collection of critical essays based on an international symposium on Kokoro in 2014. This anthology introduced the multiple readings of Kokoro from scholars in different parts of the world and explores the possibility of reading Kokoro as world ...
Yiu Angela(Part:Edit, Japanese Literature, translation, modernism)
University of Hawaiʻi Press   30 Jul 2013   (ISBN:9780824838010)   


Angela Yiu   
Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities   11 Nov 2021   [Invited]
Literature in Japanese 1989-2019 workshop   10 Sep 2021   
Angela Yiu   
Association for Asian Studies   26 Mar 2021   
Angela Yiu   
Conference at Ca' Foscari University_GESSHIN Association of Japanese Studies Students   2 Mar 2021   [Invited]
Angela Yiu   
Literature in Japanese 1989-2019   14 Feb 2021   

Professional Memberships

Association for Asian Studies
Society for Utopian Studies

Research Projects

Literature in Japanese 1989-2019
Institute of Comparative Culture: 
Project Year: Apr 2020 - Mar 2025
Japanese modernist literature
Sophia University: 
Angela Yiu 
Project Year: 2009 - 2013


An invited lecture by the Graduate School of Global Studies. Delivered at the Inaugural Symposium for the GSGS. A lecture about the plans and visions for Japanese Studies in the graduate school.