Erik Lofgren

Associate Professor East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies Department Chair
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About Erik Lofgren

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 1999 Stanford University, Modern Japanese Literature
  • M.A., 1992 Indiana University, Bloomington, Modern Japanese Literature
  • B.A., 1982 Oberlin College, History and Economics


  • Japanese language, literature, and film

Teaching Interests

  • Japanese language
  • Modern Japanese literature
  • Representation of desire in Japanese film
  • Film adaptations

Research Interests

Current projects:

  • An anthology of Natsume Sōseki’s haiku
  • Godzilla’s changing role as metaphor
  • Adaptation
  • Translation

Selected Publications

"Metafiction, Lexical Ostentation, and Censorship in Umezaki Haruo's 'B-tō fūbutsushi.'" Forthcoming, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 34.4 (2023).

"Godzilla and Rodin's The Gates of Hell." East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 7.2 (2021): 271–87.

“Recovery versus Reversion: The Implications of Multiple Signifieds in Ōoka Shōhei’s Fires on the Plain.” The Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies 12 (February 2020): 75–89.

“Three Poems by Umezaki Haruo.” Transference 7.1 (Fall 2019): 6–11.

“Four Poems in Diverse Styles by Natsume Sōseki.” Transference 6.1 (Fall 2018): 54–58.

Further Information

Contact Details


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