Dr. Fumiko Jōo

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Dr. Fumiko Jōo

Associate Professor & Asian Studies Section Head

1300 Lee Hall




  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago 
  • M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
  • B.A. in Sociology, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Joined CMLL in: 



Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm; Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm & by apppointment 

Research Interests

Gender, Religion, and the Supernatural in Early Modern China and Japan; Local History of Ningbo and Hangzhou, China; Trans-Regional Expansion of Chinese Literature and Culture in Early Modern East Asia; Literary History of Classical Tales (wenyan xiaoshuo) in pre-19th century China; Sino-Japanese Literature (Kan bungaku)

Teaching Interests

Fantastic Tales from East Asia, Gender and Sexuality in East Asian Literature and Culture, Religion and Literature in Early Modern East Asia, City and Literature in East Asia, Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture

Selected Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship: East Asian Studies Program, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (2012-14)

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Council on East Asian Studies, Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University (2011-12)

Peking-University Harvard Yenching Fellowship: Harvard Yenching Institute, Harvard University (2007-08)



Peony Lantern Tales: Ghostly Encounters in the Early Modern Sinosphere (University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming)

Japanese for Sinologists: A Reading Primer with Glossaries and Translations. Co-authored with Joshua A. Fogel, University of California Press, 2017.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Reading Annotations: An Alternative Approach to the Reception of Qu You’s New Tales for the Trimmed Lampwick in Tokugawa Japan.” East Asian Publishing and Society, Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2015): 149–177.

  • Reprinted in Sino-Japanese Reflections: Literary and Cultural Interactions between China and Japan in Early Modernity, eds. Joshua Fogel and Matthew Fraleigh (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022), 61-85.

“The Literary Imagination of the White Pagoda and Dynastic Change in Early Ming Hangzhou.” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (2015): 54–77.
“Ancestress Worship: Huxin Temple and the Literati Community in Late Ming Ningbo.” Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China, Vol. 16, Issue 1 (2014): 29–58. 

Faculty & Staff