Jan Bardsley
Associate Professor of Japanese Humanities
Department of Asian Studies
302 New West
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3267

Fax: 919-843-7817
Asian Studies office telephone: 919-962-4294

Research Leave 2014-15


Research Interests:   Japanese feminism;  Japanese women's magazines and popular culture; encounters between women in the US and Japan; and  icons of the feminine: royal women, geisha, and pageant winners.


Documentary Film
Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future.  Joanne Hershfield & Jan Bardsley, 2002.


Classes Taught at Carolina:
Japanese Modernism (4th Year Japanese)
Fashioning Japan (4th Year Japanese)
Introduction to Japanese Literature ( Focus: Literature of the Fantastic)
Introduction to Japanese Literature (Focus: Through the Eyes of a Mad, Old Man)
Japanese Theater: Inside/Out (An Introduction)
First-Year Seminar:  Geisha in History, Fiction, and Fantasy
Women Writers in Japan
First-Year Seminar: Chasing Madame Butterfly
Women and Work in Japan
Kyoto Summer Program in Japanese Culture (for Carolina students, summer 2005)
Spring 2004 Community Classroom: Geisha in History, Fiction and Fantasy


Major Publications:


Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan. 

London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

The Bluestocking of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seito, 1911-1916.   Anthology with Introduction and biographical notes, Center for Japanese Studies, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007.

Bad Girls of Japan.  Co-edited with Laura Miller. Palgrave, 2005.


Professional Seminars and Public Events Coordinated:
"The Aesthetics of Nirvana"
"Word into Art: A Calligraphy Exhibit"
Co-coordinated with Professor Inger Brodey

November 2003, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Sexuality, Gender and Nation in Japan"
Fall semester 2002, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Feminists Read the Fantastic"
March 2002, Association for Teachers of Japanese Meeting, Chicago.

"How Do We Look?: Fashion, Film and Beauty Work in East Asia"
Triangle East Asia Colloquium, October 21, 2000, Duke University

"Desiring Asia: Gender, Identity, and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia"
Co-coordinated with Professor Michael Petit

Fall semester 1999, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill