Alan Tansman is Professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Professor Tansman has served in the past as Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures and as Director of the Center for Japanese Studies. His specialization is modern Japanese literature and culture. He is the author of The Writings of Kōda Aya (Yale), the forthcoming The Culture of Japanese Fascism (Duke), and The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism (California). He is now writing a book comparing Japanese and Jewish responses to atrocity, is co-editor of Studies in Modern Japanese Literature and the forthcoming Tokyo as an Idea: Isoda Kōichi's Essays on Literature and Space (California). In addition to literature, Tansman has published on topics including Japanese cultural criticism, popular culture, film, Area Studies, Japanese and Jewish responses to atrocity, and the sublime in Japanese literature. He has also translated Japanese fiction and criticism.