Julia Bullock

Department Chair

Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

Modern Languages Building, 321

Phone: 404-727-2168

Office Hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs by appointment



Dr. Bullock received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Literature from Stanford University. She specializes in modern Japanese literature from the Meiji period (beginning 1868) to the present, with additional interests in gender and sexuality, feminist theory, history, film and popular culture. She is the author of The Other Women's Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women's Fiction (University of Hawai'i Press, 2010). This study analyzes the work of three prominent members of the 1960s "boom" in fiction writing by Japanese women--Kono Taeko, Takahashi Takako, and Kurahashi Yumiko--as an avant-garde literary challenge to hegemonic discourses of femininity embedded in the high-growth economy of that decade. Focusing on four tropes persistently employed by these writers to protest oppressive gender stereotypes--the masculine gaze as disciplinary mechanism, feminist misogyny, "odd bodies," and female homoeroticism--the book highlights the previously unrecognized theoretical contributions of these writers to incipient "second-wave" radical feminist discourse.

Dr. Bullock is currently at work on two book projects. The first, entitled Coeds Are Ruining the Nation: Women, Education, and Social Change in Modern Japan, explores the shifting landscape of discourses surrounding gender and sexuality in Japan during the Occupation period (1945-1952), through close scrutiny of the debates over the introduction of coeducation as part of a wave of post-WWII democratic reforms. The second, tentatively entitled Beauvoir's Japanese Daughters: Postwar Japanese Feminism and The Second Sex, explores the reception of the life and work of this famous French feminist philosopher by Japanese female intellectuals, who were engaged in a similar project to interrogate or subvert the structures of gendered oppression in postwar Japanese society.

Dr. Bullock currently serves as Major/Minor Advisor, Study Abroad Advisor, and Honors Program Coordinator for the Japanese Program.

Courses Taught

JPN 101-102 First-Year Japanese

JPN 190 Freshman Seminar: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan

JPN 201 Second-Year Japanese

JPN 303 Reading Literature in Japanese

JPN 360 Seminar in Modern Japanese Women Writers

JPN 372 Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature

JPN 378 Postwar Japan Through Its Media

JPN 451: Great Writers of Modern Japan (Murakami Haruki)