Kyoko Taniguchi

Lehigh University Modern Languages and Literature - Kyoko Taniguchi
Teaching Associate Professor
Williams Hall 460
PhD, Emory University


Representations of motherhood in contemporary Japanese literature and culture


Kyoko Taniguchi completed her Ph.D. from Emory University in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA), specializing in contemporary and modern Japanese literature, gender, and psychoanalysis.  Prior to coming to Lehigh, she taught Japanese literature and language at Dickinson College and Gettysburg College.  She also taught courses in comparative literature and interdisciplinary studies in culture and society at Emory University and Japanese language at University of Georgia.  Kyoko’s research focuses on the ways in which literature and psychoanalysis articulate the intersection between the mother as the object of fantasy and the mother as the subject who is doing the fantasizing.

Courses taught at Lehigh:

Elementary Japanese

Advanced Japanese Reading & Writing

Ghosts, Monsters, and J-Horror

Japanese Storytellers: from Anime to Mythology

Asian American Studies: Performing Asian America--on Screen, on Stage, in Print, and at Home

Globalization in Asia through Time and Space (First-Year Seminar)


Courses taught previously:
Japanese Women Writers
Pre-Modern Japanese Literature
Introduction to East Asia
Introduction to Literary Studies
Elementary Japanese
Intermediate Japanese

Selected publications:

“The Eroticism of the Maternal: So what if everything is about the mother?” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 13.2 (2012): 123-138.

“Psychoanalyzing Motherhood as Transience in Okamoto Kanoko’s ‘Sushi’” in Mother Texts: Narratives and Counter Narratives, eds. Marie Porter and Julie Kelso (New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), pp. 46-73.