Melek Ortabasi is Associate Professor of World Literature at Simon Fraser University in Surrey British Columbia, Canada. She teaches modern literature, film, and the theory and practice of translation; she specializes in Japanese literature and culture. Her research interests include cultural studies, comparative folklore studies, children’s literature, and film and popular culture in contemporary Japan. Some of Dr. Ortabasi's articles have appeared in the books Japanese Visual Culture, A Century of Popular Culture in Japan, and the Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Her co-edited anthology of literary translations, The Modern Murasaki: Women Writers of Meiji Japan, was published by the University of Columbia Press in 2006. Her book The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio is forthcoming from Harvard University Asia Center. Inspired by Yanagita’s interest in children and education, a topic she examines in her book, she is starting a new project on children’s literature and translation.
Co-sponsored by the Simpson Center for Humanities, UW Japan Studies Program and the Department of Comparative Literature.