Associate Professor of Japanese, Interim Dean of the College
Bruce Suttmeier joined the Lewis & Clark faculty in 2001 after receiving his doctorate in Asian Languages (Japanese Literature) from Stanford University. His early research examined war memory and trauma in the fiction of 1960s Japan. More recently, his work studies Tokyo in its frenetic preparations for the 1964 Olympic Games. He hopes to expand this research to encompass Tokyo’s current, newly frenetic, preparations for the 2020 Olympiad. He teaches courses in Japanese language, literature, and civilization, as well as a first-year course on travel and travel writing. His current literature class explores a thousand years of Japanese fiction and film through the lens of ghosts and monsters, beginning in the 10th century Heian court, through the medieval and early-modern period, and ending in the early 21st century world of popular culture.
He joined the Dean’s Office in 2015 as Associate Dean for Faculty Development, where he manages faculty searches, faculty orientation and mentoring, developmental and tenure/promotion reviews, and faculty development programs.
SpecialtyPostwar Japanese Fiction
JAPN 230: Intro to Japanese Literature: 1000 years of Ghosts and Monsters
JAPN 101/102: Beginning Japanese
JAPN 310: Readings and Composition in Japanese
JAPN 420: Advanced Readings in Japanese, Fiction and Nonfiction
JAPN 230: Introduction to Japanese Literature: Post-bubble Blues - Making Sense of Contemporary Japan
JAPN 290: Topics in Japanese Literature: Voices of Modernity
JAPN 290: Topics in Japanese Literature: After the Ashes - Post-disaster culture in 20th and 21st century Japan
“Held Hostage to History: Okuda Hideo’s ‘Olympic Ransom’” in Tokyo: Memory, Imagination, City (Lexington Books), eds. Barbara Thornbury and Evelyn Schulz (forthcoming).
“Eating Amid Affluence: Kaiko Takeshi’s Adventures in Food” in Devouring Japan (Oxford University Press), ed. Nancy Stalker (forthcoming).
“On the Road in Olympic Era Tokyo” in Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps, (University of Chicago Press), eds Kären Wigen, Fumiko Sugimoto, and Cary Karacas, 2016.
“Speculations of Murder: Ghostly Dreams, Poisonous Frogs and the return of Yokoi Shōichi” in Perversion and Modern Japan: Experiments in Psychoanalysis, (Routledge) eds. Keith Vincent and Nina Cornyetz, 2010.
“Ethnography as Consumption: Travel and National Identity in Oda Makoto’s Nandemo mite yarō” Journal of Japanese Studies (35:1), Winter 2009
“Assassination on the Small Screen: On Images and Writing in Ōe Kenzaburō” Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature (41: 2), June 2008.
“Seeing Past Destruction: Trauma and History in Kaikō Takeshi” positions: east asia cultures critique (15:3), Winter 2007.
Ph.D. 2002 Stanford University: Asian Languages
A.M. 1994 Stanford University: East Asian Studies
B.S. 1991 University of Rochester: Computer Science/Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude; High Honors)
B.A. 1991 University of Rochester: Japanese Literature (Magna Cum Laude; Highest Honors)