Lynne K. Miyake

Emerita Professor of Japanese
With Pomona Since: 1989
  • Expertise


    Lynne Miyake’s background is in classical Japanese literature, and she works extensively in the narrative prose and diary literature traditions of the 10th through 12th centuries. In particular, she examines the different narrative strategies employed by authors, narrators and readers in the creation of the textual experience. She also looks at how gender is configured through the various players, for example, in a narrator who is a continuum composite of male and female rather than simply one or the other.

    Recently, her studies have included the intersection between contemporary authors, scholars and filmmakers and classical Japanese literature—how the likes of a classical Japanese scholar and former attendant to the Japanese royal family (Iwasa Miyoko in "Through the Eyes of a Courtlady") and a British filmmaker (Peter Greenaway in "Pillow Book") re-make and re-enact textual moments from classical Japanese literature.

    Research Interests

    Japanese narrative prose and diary literature traditions of the 10th through 12th centuries

    Areas of Expertise


    • Cultural Studies
    • Feminist Theory
    • Poststructuralism
    • Narratology
    • Japanese Classical Narratives and Diary Literature
  • Work


    “Graphically Speaking Genjis: Manga Versions of The Tale of Genji,” Monumenta Nipponica 63:2, pp. 359-92, 2008

    "Interactive Narrators and Performance Readers: Gendered Interfacing in 10th-12th Century Japanese Narratives," Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, 2002

    "The Woman's Voice in Japanese Literature: Expanding the Feminine," Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 17, 1-2, 1989

    "The Tosa Diary: In the Interstices of Gender and Criticism," The Woman's Hand: Gender and Theory in Japanese Women's Writing (P. Schalow and J. Walker, eds. Stanford University Press, 1996)

    "Through the Eyes of a Twentieth Century Court Lady: Gender, Class, and the Challenge to the Field of Classical Japanese Literature," U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, English Supplement, 18, 27-57, 2000

    "The (Re)Making of Genres: The Heian Example," Genres of Writing: Mapping the Territories of Discourse (W. Bishop and H. Ostrom, eds., Boynton/Cook Heinemann, 1997)

  • Education


    University of California, Berkeley

    Master of Arts
    University of California, Berkeley

    Bachelor of Arts
    University of Southern California

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Advanced Japanese
    • Elementary Japanese
    • Intermediate Japanese
    • Senior Project in Japanese
    • Graphically Speaking: Japanese Manga and Its Buds
    • Japanese and Japanese American Autobiography
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    National Endowment for the Humanities, Associate Kyoto Program Faculty Fellowship, 1997

    Japan Foundation, Fellowship, 2001

    National Endowment for the Humanities, Supplemental Sabbatical Fellowships Affiliated Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, 2001

    Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship, 1992, 1997 & 2001