Herter Hall 438

Office Hours

  • Tues & Thurs, 11am - 12pm or by appointment


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. She was the recipient of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science research grant in 2007-2008, leading to the publication of her second book, Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan (University of Hawai'i Press, 2017). Professor Seaman is a member of the Five College Steering Committee on Culture, Health and Science; her current research concerns representations of illness and affliction in contemporary Japanese literature, diaristic writing, manga, and film.

Research Areas

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


Writing Pregnancy in Low Fertility Japan, (University of Hawai'i Press, 2017).

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