Comparative Literature Luncheon to feature talk by Yale's Seth Jacobowitz

October 05, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Seth Jacobowitz, assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and affiliate faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University, will present “Ishikawa Tatsuzô’s São Paulo” at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, in 102 Kern Building on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Jacobowitz is the author of the “Edogawa Rampo Reader” (Kurodahan Press, 2008) and “Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture” (Harvard Asia Center, 2015), which won the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities. He has been the Simon Visiting Professor at University of Manchester, an Asakawa Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo, an invited guest lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, and a frequent visiting researcher to the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of São Paulo.

His first field of specialization focused on the intersection of media and literature in late 19th century Japan. His current research is for a book on the prewar Japanese immigration to Brazil and the literature of Japanese overseas expansion. In addition, he is co-authoring a book on science and science fiction in prewar Japan with Professor Aaron W. Moore, Handa Chair of Japanese-Chinese Relations at the University of Edinburgh.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — lunch is provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome.

For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Center for Global Studies, and the Department of Asian Studies. 

Last Updated October 09, 2018