Andrew Leong Assistant Professor of English
Andrew Leong (AB, Dartmouth College; PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is a comparativist who works primarily in Japanese and English with additional interests in Spanish and Portuguese. He teaches courses on 19th and 20th century Japanese literature, (U.S.) American literature, Asian American literature, modernist literature in Asia, international law and literature, manga and graphic novels, and Westerns and Japanese period drama. His research focuses on the literature of Japanese diaspora in the Americas, transnational literary studies, and queer and critical theoretical approaches to the study of literary genre, gendered embodiment, and generational time. The recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and a Fulbright-Hays Research Award, Leong has also received an Outstanding Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies for his translations in Lament in the Night (Kaya Press, 2012), a critical volume which collects the two extant novels of Nagahara Shōson, an author who wrote for a Japanese reading public in Los Angeles during the 1920s.
Leong is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Origins of Japanese American Literature are Queer and Mixed. This book examines Japanese and English language texts written by Sadakichi Hartmann, Yoné Noguchi, Arishima Takeo, and Nagahara Shōson—authors who resided in the United States between the opening of mass Japanese emigration in 1885 and the ban on Japanese immigration imposed by the Immigration Act of 1924.
Articles & Essays
- “The Pocket and the Watch: A Collective Individualist Reading of Japanese American Literature,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias. 1.2. (2015): 76-114.
- “Post-64?: Epiphoric Epiphora, the Crying Camry, and Transformers: The Age of Extinction.” Post-45: Contemporaries. December 7, 2015.