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Dr Nozomi Uematsu, DPhil (Sussex, FHEA)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42414
Room number: ER279, Elvet Riverside II

Contact Dr Nozomi Uematsu (email at nozomi.uematsu@durham.ac.uk)


After working at Queen Mary University of London, Cambridge, Sheffield, Sussex and Akita International University, Nozomi has joined Durham as a Teaching Fellow in Japanese. She is a comparative literary scholar both in Japanese and English literature, with a strength in critical theory on gender and sexuality.


Nozomi is working on her monograph titled Monstrous Happiness: Neoliberalism, Women’s Lives and Women’s Writing in Japan and the UK, which developed from her PhD thesis. She argues that neoliberalism created a particular culture we live now and this contemporary culture is the “harvest” of the 1980s. Looking at social discourse and literary texts in Japan and the UK in the 80s, she examines the ways in which women writers respond to and explore the ideas of women’s liberty, happiness and its contradictions. She examines literary texts such as works by Banana Yoshimoto, Foumiko Kometani, Jeanette Winterson and Doris Lessing. 

She is currently interested in, as well as writing on, the concept of female masochism, especially its psychic and narrative construction from social discourse, in literary and visual texts. This new project aims to provide a genealogy of female masochism, and how it differentiates from, as well as inherits, the idea of shame in Japanese culture.

Research Interests

  • Affect, Happiness and Neoliberalism
  • Comparative Literature
  • Contemporary Women's Writing in Japanese and English
  • Health, Well-being and medical discourses on women’s bodies
  • Intersections of Gender and Sexuality
  • Masochism

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Uematsu,Nozomi & Barai,Aneesh. (Forthcoming). ‘Envisioning Solidarity: Disrupting Linear Temporality in Studio Ghibli’s Howls Moving Castle and When Marnie Was There’ in Intergenerational Solidarity in Children’s Literature. In Intergenerational Solidarity in Children’s Literature. Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna & Jaques, Zoe. University of Mississippi Press.

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