Faculty Profile for Dr. Kaoru Hayashi

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Dr. Kaoru Hayashi
Assistant Professor — Dept of World Languages & Literatures
CENT 214
phone: (512) 245-2360

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Kaoru Hayashi received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and is an Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature and Language. She worked at a TV broadcasting company in Nagoya, Japan, before starting her higher education at LaGuardia Community College in New York as a first-generation student. After working in film and theatre production in NYC, she attended Smith College in Massachusetts where she earned her B.A.

Teaching Interests

Japanese Literature and Culture, East Asian Films, Area Studies in East Asia

Research Interests

Strange occurrences, monsters, and vengeful spirits depicted in premodern Japanese narratives from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries; discourses of disasters, memory, and trauma.

Dr. Hayashi’s current book project, entitled “Mediating Spirits: Narratives of Vengeful Spirits and Genealogies in Premodern Japanese Literature,” explores the invocation of the angry dead (mononoke) as both a social practice of genealogical imagination repeatedly thematized within premodern Japanese literary narratives and as itself a narrative act whose structure generated a particular voice integral to the development of classical Japanese fiction. Her work engages with a wide range of materials, from canonical literary works, such as The Tale of Genji, to official and private historical chronicles, genealogical records, poems, and religious treatises.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Research Enhancement Program Award, Texas State University. December 5, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: The MARAAS Marlene Mayo Award Best Paper Presented, The Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. March 2018

Selected Grants

  • Hayashi, Kaoru (Principal). 2019-20 Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $65000. (Submitted: December 1, 2018, Funded: September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). Grant.
  • Hayashi, Kaoru (Principal). Japanese Studies Fellowship (Long-Term), Japan Foundation, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $40000. (Submitted: November 1, 2018, Funded: September 1, 2019 - June 20, 2020). Grant.
  • Hayashi, Kaoru (Principal). Research Enhancement Program Award, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 14, 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Nihongo Chatto (chat)
October 12, 2018-Present