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Amanda C. Seaman


(413) 545-6679

438 Herter Hall

Amanda Seaman received her BA in East Asian Studies and Psychology from Wellesley College. After a year in Toyama Japan on the JET Program, she spent three years working for Fujisankei Communications International, doing advertising and product development for their Nintendo games division. She received her MA and PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2001.

In 2003, she joined the faculty of Asian Languages and Literatures at UMass Amherst. From 2007–2008, she spent a year in Japan at Ochanomizu Women’s University with the support of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science grant conducting research on representation of pregnancy and childbirth in Japanese women’s literature. Her current manuscript is under contract with the University of Hawaii Press.

Research Areas

  • Japanese Women’s Literature
  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • Japanese Literary Translation


Reading Pregnancy in Low Fertility Japan, (forthcoming Fall 2016) University of Hawaii Press.

Bodies of Evidence: Women, Society, and Detective Fiction in 1990s Japan, (University of Hawai'i Press, 2004).

“Oases of Discontent: Suburban Space in Takahashi Takako and Abe Kobo,” in U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal 43 (December 2012): 48-62.

“Women Writing, Writing Women: Essays in Memory of Professor Satoko Kan,” in U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal 43 (December 2012): 3-10.

"Making and Marketing Mothers: Guides to Pregnancy in Modern Japan."  In Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power and Etiquette in Modern Japan ed. Jan Bardsley and Laura Miller (University of California Press, 2011), 156-177.

“Two for One: Pregnancy and Identity in Hasegawa Junko’s ‘The Unfertilized Egg,” Japanese Language and Literature 44/1 (2010): 1-20.

“The Ties that Bind: Pregnancy and the Persistence of Tradition in Contemporary Japan,” in Journal of Asian Medicine 5 (2009): 39-56.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Japanese 497A: Readings in Modern Japanese I
  • Japanese 691: Graduate Seminar in Japanese Literature
  • Japanese 597/660: Theories and Methods of Japanese Translation
  • Japanese 391/591: Japanese Women’s Literature
  • Japanese 391/591: Tokyo through Literature and Film