Kyoko Takanashi

Kyoko Takanashi

Assistant Professor of English

Associate Chair

Director of Graduate Studies - English 

Contact Information

Office Location: Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3131
Office Phone: (574) 520-4802

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About Kyoko

Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington, English Literature, 2011
M.A. University at Buffalo, English Literature, 2002
B.A. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, English and American Language, Literature, and Culture, 1999

I teach a wide range of courses at IUSB – from freshman writing and ESL to British Literature – but my training and passion are for eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British Literature in particular. I like to learn about the changing lifestyles, material environments, and modes of reading and storytelling that characterize previous centuries. My hope is that students will learn to become aware of their own cultural environments, and become better readers and storytellers in the process, by reflecting on the histories of Enlightenment, commerce, and industrialization that still very much inform our cultural practices.

These interests also inform my book-length project, entitled Traveling through the Pages: Reading Realisms in the Age of Transport Revolutions, which explores the history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century novels in conjunction with the history of communication infrastructures from stage-coaches to railroads and from letters to telegraphs. My book explores how our culture moulds the literary canon (what we consider to be “classic” literature) not only through tradition and abstract aesthetic value, but more importantly by assessing what does or does not “matter” to us based on our historically specific understanding of communication practices.


“Sherlock’s ‘Brain Attic:’ Information Culture and the Liberal Professional Dilemma” Forthcoming from PMLA: Publication of the Modern Language Association.

“Mediation, Reading, and Yorick’s Sentimental Vehicle.” Forthcoming from Novel: A Forum on Fiction.

“Circulation, Monuments, and the Politics of Transmission in Sir Walter Scott’s The Tales of My Landlord,” ELH 79.2 (2012): 289-314.

Works in Progress

“Customary Forms: Theorizing Social and Fictional Conventions in Northanger Abbey” (Article)

Traveling through the Pages: Reading Realisms in the Age of Transport Revolutions (Monograph)

Teaching and Research Interests

History of the Novel
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Histories and Theories of Media and Communications
Book History/History of Reading

Courses Taught at IU South Bend

English MA Courses

L695: Independent Study for Graduate Students

L642: Studies in Romantic Literature

L501: Professional Scholarship in Literature 

English Major Courses

E302: Survey of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Literature

L376: Adolescent Literature

L369: Studies in British and American Authors: Novel and Nation – Romantic Novels 

L207: Women and Literature: Women and Work 

L202: Literary Interpretation 

Study Abroad Courses

E302: Sites of Enlightenment in London and Edinburgh (Co-taught with Lee Kahan) 

General Education Courses

T390: Advanced Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Monsters of Modernity 

T190/T192: Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Literary Hauntings 

T190: Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Imagining Monsters

T190: Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Travel Literature and the Politics of Description 

W131: Freshman Composition

W130: Elementary Composition

First Year Seminar Courses

T190: Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Literary Hauntings


ESL Courses for International Students

G013: Academic Writing for International Graduate Students

L100: Communication Skills for International Students