Dr Irena Hayter

Core Researcher
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Areas of Expertise
  • Modern Japanese literature, film and cultural studies
  • Relations between historical and cultural form (e.g. visuality, cinema and modernity; modernism and advanced capitalism)
  • Cultural theory, especially psychoanalysis and Marxism

BA Sofia; MA Kyoto; PhD London.

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Journal Articles and Papers

  • 'In the Flesh: The Historical Unconscious of Ishikawa Jun's Fugen', in Nina Cornyetz and J. Keith Vincent (eds) Perversion in Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Culture (2009) pp 203-221.
  • 'Wagahai wa neko de aru satsujin jiken as a Postmodern Sequel' in Eiji Sekine (ed.), Japanese Narrativity and Poeticity Revisited, West Lafayette, Indiana: Association for Japanese Literary Studies, Purdue University, 2003, pp. 332-344. (PAJLS: Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, vol.4) 
  • (with Bratislav Ivanov) 'Za rolyata na ieroglifite v kitaskiya leksikalen plast na yaponskiya ezik' (On the role of characters in the Chinese lexical level of Japanese) (in Bulgarian), Sapostavitelno ezikoznanie/Contrastive Linguistics 20:2 (1995), pp. 80-88. 


'Edna ruka' (An Arm) (Translation of Kawabata Yasunari's 'Kata ude' into Bulgarian), Literaturen vestnik 20 (1996), pp. 8-9, 12-13.

Conferences and Conference Papers

  • 'A Postmodern Nationalism? Form and Ideology in Japanese Film'.  Tenth Asian Studies Conference Japan, 24-25 June 2006, International Christian University, Japan.
  • 'Ishikawa Jun's Fugen, or the Political Unconscious of Modernism'. Eleventh annual meeting of the European Association for Japanese Studies, 31 August-3 September 2005, University of Vienna, Austria. 
  • 'Takami Jun and the Politics of Representation'. Joint East Asian Studies Conference, 6-8 September 2004, Bretton Hall, University of Leeds.