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Heather Bowen-Struyk

​Based in Chicago since my PhD in 2001, I have post-doctoral experience at six universities: DePaul University, the University of Michigan, Loyola University Chicago, Notre Dame, Lake Forest College, and The University of Chicago. This has given me breadth of teaching experience including undergraduate survey courses like Anime and Manga, Japanese Literary Masterpieces, Modern Japanese Literature, Japanese Film, and Japanese Civilization; specialized undergraduate seminars like Cool Japan, Japanese Women’s Writings, and Empires in Asia; language courses; and graduate-level seminars.​

Students enter the classroom with ever greater access to different cultures and knowledge through both the material and digital worlds: they have eaten sushi and watched anime, and those who choose to study Japanese literature and culture often do so because they enjoy Japanese popular culture. My challenge is to get them to think critically in these interactions, in the classroom and beyond. I do this by training them to vet their sources, to become mindful participants in the consumption and production of knowledge, and to take responsibility for their intellectual development to become engaged lifelong learners.


Ph.D., University of Michigan 2001
M.A., University of Michigan 1995
B.A., University of Michigan 1993

Teaching experience

  • ​DePaul University, Instructor: Modern Languages, History of Art and Architecture, Honor’s Program (2016-present)
  • University of Notre Dame, Visiting Assistant Professor: East Asian Languages & Culture (2005-2006, 2014-2016)
  • Loyola University Chicago, Instructor: Modern Languages (2007-2008, Fall 2009-Fall 2010, Fall 2011-Fall 2012, 2013-2014)
  • University of Michigan, Visiting Assistant Professor: Asian Languages & Cultures (2008-2009, Winter 2011, Winter 2013)
  • Lake Forest College, Invited Co-Instructor: Department of Art and Art History (Winter 2005)
  • University of Chicago, Post-Doctoral Fellow: Center for East Asian Studies (2001-2004)

Courses at DePaul

  • Modern Japanese Literature: MOL 320/AAS 320/ENG 389/JPN 404
  • Japanese Women’s Writing: MOL 308/AAS 290/ ENG 389/JPN 497
  • Japanese (Pop) Culture: MOL 310/ENG 389/AAS 290/JPN 410
  • Anime and Manga: HON 205
  • Anime and Manga: HAA 273/AAS 272
  • Japanese Film Arts: HAA 219/AAS 290

Select Publications

  • “Japanese Proletarian Literature during the Red Decade, 1925-1935,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (June 2017). Ed., Paula Rabinowitz. Full text:
  • Editor and translator, For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution: An Anthology of Japanese Proletarian Literature, co-edited with Norma Field. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • 個人的政治的[The Personal Is Political], translated by Suzawa Chika.民主文学[Minshu Bungaku], edited by Miyamoto Aki, no. 611 (August 2016): 113-115.
  • Editor, Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions of the Twentieth Century, co-edited with Ruth Barraclough and Paula Rabinowitz. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • 見[Lost and Found in “Cool Japan”]. In 日本的想像力未来~可能性[The Futures of Japanese Creative Power: The Possibilities of Cool Japanology], edited by Azuma Hiroki, 161-168. Tokyo: NHK Books, 2010. In second printing.
  • “Sexing class: ‘The Prostitute’ in Japanese Proletarian Literature.” In Gender and Labour in Japan and Korea: Sexing Class, edited by Ruth Barraclough and Elyssa Faisson, 10-26. London and New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • “The Epistemology of Torture: 24 and Japanese Proletarian Literature,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, September 25, 2006. Full text:
  • Editor, special edition, “Proletarian Arts in East Asia: Quests for National, Gender, and Class Justice.” positions: east asia cultures critique 14, no. 2 (Fall 2006).


Literary translations in For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution: An Anthology of Japanese Proletarian Literature, co-edited with Norma Field (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016):​
  • Aono Suekichi, “Natural Growth and Purposeful Consciousness” [Shizen seichō to mokuteki ishiki] and “Natural Growth and Purposeful Consciousness: Further Thoughts” [Shizen seichō to mokuteki ishiki sairon], Bungei sensen, 1926 and 1927.
  • Sata [Kubokawa] Ineko, “Leafleting” [Bira maki], Hi no shima, 1929.
  • Miyamoto [Chujo] Yuriko, “The Breast” [Chibusa], Chūō kōron, 1935.
  • Miyamoto Yuriko, “Buds that Survive the Winter” [Fuyu o kosu tsubomi], Bungei, 1934.
  • Kawaguchi Hiroshi, “On Negative Realism: One Direction for Proletarian Literature” [Hiteiteki riarizumu ni tsuite: puroretarian bungaku no ichi hōkō], Bungaku hyōron, 1934.
  • Wakasugi Toriko, “The Mother” [Hahaoya], Hihan, 1931