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Kyoko Takanashi

Kyoko Takanashi
Assistant Professor of English

Contact Information

Office Location: Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3131
Office Phone: (574) 520-4802
E-mail: ktakanas@iusb.edu

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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, tentatively titled Sentient Vehicles: Cultural Transmission and Noise in the British Novel, 1740-1880, 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.

Publications

“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

Sentient Vehicles: Cultural Transmission and Noise in the British Novel, 1740-1880 (Book)
"The Problem with Yorick's Vehicle" (Article)
“Customary Forms: Theorizing Social and Fictional Conventions in Northanger Abbey” (Article)
“Sherlock Holmes and the Modern Database” (Article)

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

L202 Literary Interpretation
L207 Women and Literature: Women and Work
L369 Novel and Nation, 1770-1830
T190/T192 Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Literary Hauntings
T390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions: Monsters of Modernity
W130 Principles of Composition
W131 Elementary Composition
G013 Academic Writing for International Graduate Students