Sachi Schmidt-Hori

|Associate Professor of Asian Societies Cultures and Languages
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture

I am interested in investigating how gender, sexuality, corporeality, and power are represented and negotiated in pre-seventeenth-century Japanese narratives and illustrations. My first book, Tales of Idolized Boys: Male-Male Love in Medieval Japanese Narratives (University of Hawai`i Press, 2021) is on medieval chigo monogatari (Buddhist acolyte tales), which often depict romantic relationships between Buddhist priests and adolescent boys. These tales challenge a host of normative and moral standards we (academics, especially) internalize, including such ideas as "sexual orientation," "transgenerational sex," and "sexual agency."

I am also a co-founder of the Springboard Japan Project, a multi-purpose open-access forum for Japan Studies:
Springboard Japan – Dartmouth-UCSD Japan Studies Digital Project


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  • M.A. University of Washington
  • PhD University of Washington

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