Jamie Newhard

Jamie Newhard

Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature
Director of Graduate Studies in Japanese
PHD Columbia University
research interests:
  • Premodern Japanese narrative
  • Premodern poetry and poetics
  • History of literary scholarship and thought
  • Medieval and early modern reception of classical literature
  • History of reading
  • Book and publishing history
  • Gender issues in premodern literature

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1111
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Jamie Newhard is a professor of Japanese language and literature with a focus on premodern literature.

Jamie Newhard has been at WashU since 2007. She received her PhD in Japanese Literature from Columbia University in 2005. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Arizona State University. Her specialty is premodern Japanese literature and language, and although she likes pretty much everything written in that span (712-1868), she has a particular interest in courtly narrative of the Heian period (The Tale of Genji, Tales of Ise, poetic diaries, etc.) and its reception in later ages. She is also very interested in the history of literary scholarship, the history of reading, book and publishing history, and gender issues in premodern Japanese literature. She has just finished a book manuscript titled, Knowing the Amorous Man: A History of Scholarship on Tales of Ise, and is working on a second project titled A Market of Their Own: ‘Books for Women’ in 17th and 18th Century Japan.

Courses Taught

L05 332C The Classical Voice in Japanese Literature

L05 460 Pre-Modern Japanese I

L05 461 Pre-Modern Japanese II

L05 450 Masterworks of Early Japanese Literature: The Tale of Genji in Japanese Literary History

L05 537 Proseminar: Methods and Materials Used in Conducting Research in Japanese Studies

L05 567 Seminar: Poetics and Nativism

Selected Publications

Knowing the Amorous Man: A History of Scholarship on the Tales of Ise (Harvard University Asia Center, 2013.)