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Mariko Nagai

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Mariko Nagai

Areas of Expertise 

Nagai's specialties are creative writing—(poetry and fiction), translation, comparative modernism, modern and contemporary Japanese literature, and world poetry.

Teaching Interests

At Temple, Nagai divides her time between teaching creative writing courses and Japanese literature from the pre-modern to modern periods.


Nagai's current research includes translation of Hayashi Fumiko's Hourouki, tentatively titled Songs of the Wandering Years; history of irradiation in Japan; war-time Japanese poetry and poets; the Occupation of Japan; and karayuki-san.

Position Title: 
Associate Professor
Creative Writing and Japanese Literature
M.A. in creative writing (poetry), New York University