Adam L. Kern
Professor of Japanese Literature & Visual Culture
1270 Van Hise Hall
Areas of Expertise:
The popular literature and visual culture of early modern and modern Japan in comparative transcultural context
Ph.D. Harvard University
Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyōshi of Edo Japan (Second Edition with a New Preface)(Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2019
The Penguin Book of Haiku (London: Penguin Classics, 2018).
Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyōshi of Edo Japan (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006)
New Directions in the Study of Meiji Japan, ed. Helen Hardacre with Adam L. Kern (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1997)
Book in Progress:
Now available for pre-order: A Kamigata Anthology: Literature from Japan’s Metropolitan Centers, 1600-1750, ed. Sumie Jones and Adam L. Kern (University of Hawai‘i Press. Forthcoming, January 2020).
Selected Media Appearances:
Wisconsin Public Radio interview on The Penguin Book of Haiku, “University of the Air” with Emily Auerbach. First aired December 9, 2018. https://www.wpr.org/shows/haiku-hour
Professor Kern was profiled in a TV Ōsaka full-length feature documentary for the national primetime “edutainment” show Wafū sōhonke『和風総本家』(Japan’s Cultural Foundations). The 90-minute special program served as the pilot episode for a new segment titled Sekai no nippon sensei 『世界のニッポン先生』 (Japanologists from Around the World). Filmed in Madison, Tokyo, and Kyoto, January-February 2017. First aired on March 9, 2017.
The show is available for viewing by clicking the links below.
“East Asian Comix: Intermingling Japanese Manga and Euro-American Comics.” In Bramlett, Cook, and Meskin, eds., The Routledge Companion to Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge, 2016)
“Envisioning the Classics: Tales of the Heike in Edo-Period Comicbooks.” In Adolphson and Commons, eds., Loveable Losers: The Taira in Action and Memory (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015).
“Kibyōshi—Edo no jikogenkyūtekina manga.” I. Bijitsu Forum 21. In vol. 24 (December 2011).
“Kabuki Plays on Page—and Comicbook Pictures on Stage—in Edo-Period Japan.” In Kimbrough and Shimazaki, eds., Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan (Boulder: University of Colorado Center for Asian Studies, 2011).
Introduction to Comics & Graphic Novels: Theory, History, Praxis (ASIAN 300)
Comic Imagination in Japanese Literature (LIT TRANS 373 & EASIAN 253)
Early Modern Japanese Literature Survey (LIT TRANS 372)
Early Modern Japanese Literature (EASIAN 573)
Haiku (EASIAN 367 & LIT TRANS 373)
Haikai (EASIAN 574)
Japan Pop: From Basho to Banana (INTER-LS 102 & EASIAN 253)
Kibyoshi (EASIAN 763 & LIT TRANS 373)
Manga (EASIAN 376 & LIT TRANS 231)
Senior Honor Thesis (EASIAN 681)
Spectacular Culture of Early Modern Japan (EASIAN 433 & EASIAN 833)