Adam L. Kern

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Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Literature

Phone: 608.262.8731


Office Number: 1108 Van Hise

Office Hours:
Tues a.m. by appointment only; Thu 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Ph.D. Harvard University

Areas of Research and Teaching:
The popular literature, culture, poetry, theater, and visual culture of early modern unto modern Japan (1600-1900). Transcultural comics in Japan (manga, kibyôshi, etc) and beyond.

On Faculty

Courses taught:

  1. COMIC IMAGINATION IN JAPANESE LITERATURE (Lit Trans 373: Topics in Japanese Literature & East Asian 253: Intro to Japanese Culture & Civilization)
  2. EARLY MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE SURVEY (Lit Trans 372: Classical Japanese Prose)
  3. EARLY MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE (EA573:Readings in Classical Japanese)
  4. HAIKU (East Asian 367 / Lit Trans 372)
  5. HAIKAI (East Asian 574)
  6. JAPAN POP! FROM BASHÔ TO BANANA (Inter-ls102 Seminar: Freshman Interest Group & East Asian 253: Japanese Culture & Civilization)
  7. KIBYÔSHI (East Asian 763 / Lit Trans 373)
  8. MANGA (East Asian 376 / Lit Trans 231)
  9. SENIOR HONORS THESIS (East Asian 681)
  10. SPECTACULAR CULTURE OF EARLY MODERN JAPAN (East Asian 433 / East Asian 833: Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures)

Personal website:

Selected Publications:

  1. “East Asian Comix: Intermingling Japanese Manga and Euro-American Comics.” In Bramlett, Cook, and Meskin, eds., The Routledge Companion to Comics and Graphic Novels (Routledge, 2016)
  2. “Envisioning the Classics: Tales of the Heike in Edo-Period Comicbooks.” In Adolphson and Commons, eds., Loveable Losers: The Taira in Action and Memory (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015).
  3. Kibyōshi—Edo no jikogenkyūtekina manga.” I. Bijitsu Forum 21.  In vol. 24 (December 2011).
  4. “Kabuki Plays on Page—and Comicbook Pictures on Stage—in Edo-Period Japan.” In Kimbrough and Shimazaki, eds., Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan (Boulder: University of Colorado Center for Asian Studies, 2011).