Rio Otomo, Ph.D.


Japan Institute of the Moving Image/日本映画大学




Research Interests

My primary research interest is in literature, although I tend to indulge in critical reading of anything that constitutes a narrative. I am currently working for the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, teaching subjects in Queer theory, Feminist literary theory, English and Japanese literature.

This is the tenth year of my living in Tokyo, and I am still discovering new things about this packed and yet somehow serene city. The way people relate to each other is another aspect of interest. At the moment I am writing (or rather, mostly reading and thinking) about working women and their erotic representations in literature and films. Any input is welcome.

In terms of degrees and experience, I have a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Ritsumeikan University, a Masters in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong, and a doctorate in Comparative Literative and Critical Theory from Monash University. I have held teaching positions at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and prior to my current position held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tokyo. I am also a mother of three and grandmother of one.

Main Publications

"Out: A Hardboiled Woman" (DRAFT)

"A Girl with her Writing Machine: Amebic by Kanehara Hitomi" in Girl Reading Girl in Japan (2010): 130-142.

"Mishima Yukio's Sex which is not One" Poetica 67, no. 67-70 (2007): 114.

"Narratives, the Body and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics" Asian Studies Review 31, no. 2 (2007): 117-132.

"A Manifestation of Modernity: The Split Gaze and the Oedipalised Space of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Mishima Yukio" Japanese Studies 23, no. 3 (2003): 277-291.

"The Way of the Samurai: Ghost Dog, Mishima, and Modernity's Other Japanese Studies 21, no. 1 (2001): 31-43. (as Ryoko Otomo)

Translator's postscript for Mister Pip (ロイド・ジョーンズ著 大友りお訳『ミスター・ピップ』、白水社 2009) [in Japanese]