Michiko Wilson

Professor of Modern Japanese Literature
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
157 New Cabell Hall
Office hours: Tuesday, and Thursday 4:00 - 5:00 PM and by appointment.

Michiko N. Wilson has worked extensively both in the field of literary criticism and as a translator of modern Japanese literature. Her particular interest is the intersection of literature as an activator of the imagination with the relevance of literature to larger humanistic concerns. Her first encounter with the West as an American Field Service scholarship high school student in the United States awakened her to the richness of cross-cultural discourse. She subsequently returned to the U.S. as an undergraduate English major to advance her love of literature and completed her masters in Japanese literature and doctorate in comparative literature.

Ms. Wilson’s appreciation of literary inquiry was further enriched by an examination of marginality and outsiderhood as developed in cultural anthropology. These notions converged with her research on comparative cultural perspectives, semiotics, and gender and other feminist issues in modern Japanese literature. She is a ranking expert on Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe and on Minako Oba, both of whose work she has been instrumental in introducing to an English-speaking audience. More recently, she has been concentrating on critical essays written by modern and contemporary Japanese women writers whose iconoclastic and re-visionary voices as cultural critics speak to a broad audience. Ms. Wilson is also the editor of New Japanese Horizons (a Japanese literature-in-translation series).

In all of her roles, she takes pleasure in introducing the writings of a wide range of Japanese writers to students, classroom teachers, non-Japanese literature specialists, and the general public.


Modern Japanese literature, literary and feminist criticism, literary translation


Ithaca, NY: Cornell East Asia Series, New Japanese Horizons
December, 2011
Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe
September, 1994
M.E. Sharpe
June, 1994

Department Faculty

Lecturer of Tibetan
Lecturer of Chinese
Associate Professor of Chinese Literature
Lecturer of Korean
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature
Lecturer of Japanese
Lecturer of Korean
Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Film
Professor of Chinese
Lecturer in Chinese
Ellen Bayard Weedon Chair Professor of East Asian Studies and Department Chair
Associate Professor of Chinese
Visiting Lecturer of Chinese
Lecturer of Japanese
Lecturer in Chinese Literature
Lecturer of Japanese
Associate professor of Chinese and Inaugural Director of the Institute of World Languages
Lecturer of Chinese
Professor of Modern Japanese Literature
Lecturer of Chinese