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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Brian Hurley

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Assistant Professor

Japanese Literature, Film, and Culture

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Japanese Studies

340C HB Crouse Hall


I am a student of modern Japanese literature and thought with interests in close reading, film, visual culture, economics, and critical theory. My recent research has also considered literature and politics in midcentury America, theories and practices of translation, and aspects of classical Japanese literature. I serve as the coordinator of the Japanese Studies minor in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, and as the co-organizer of the Asian Humanities in Global Context working group, which I created with the support of the Central New York Humanities Corridor.

I am currently finishing my first book, tentatively titled Conspiring With Modern Japanese Literature and Thought. It brings to light a series of previously unexamined dialogues involving prominent writers and intellectuals who "conspired" (or "breathed together") in a range of ideological contexts from the 1920s-1950s. I have also begun my next project, which examines the nexus of literary and economic forms of imagination in Japan (and beyond) from roughly the 1980s to the present.

My scholarship has appeared (or is forthcoming) in The Journal of Japanese Studies (2013), Representations (2016), The Review of Japanese Culture and Society (2018), The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics (2018), and the Japanese-language journal of literary criticism Bungaku (2014; 2018). Before coming to Syracuse, I received my Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley and taught at Arizona State, the University of San Francisco, and Berkeley.


LIT 200 Japan Today

LIT 300 Japanese Literature, Film & Culture

LIT 200 Popular Culture in Modern Japan