Margherita Long

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Literature
School of Humanities

A.B., Amherst College, English

Ph.D., Princeton University, East Asian Studies


University of California, Irvine
470 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 6000
Irvine, CA 92697

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Japanese literature and film, ecocriticism, peace activism, feminist theory, eco-documentary
URL Book outline (English and Japanese); PDFs of published work; CV
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, 2000-2001.
Appointments Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo, 1997-2003
Assistant & Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, UC Riverside, 2003-2015
My first book was _This Perversion Called Love: Reading Tanizaki, Feminist Theory and Freud_ (Stanford, 2009). Analyzing what Nakagami Kenji calls Tanizaki’s “over-ripe” work from the 1930s, I argue that novels like Yoshinokuzu [Arrowroot] and essays like In’ei raisan [In Praise of Shadows] are drawing many of the same conclusions about subjectivity as Tanizaki’s contemporary Freud, but drawing them much more critically. The book uses Irigaray’s critique of Freud to sketch Tanizaki’s parallel critique of the way the “perversions” we call masochism and fetishism are actually straightforward examples of the impossibility of female subjectivity in modern capitalist life.

My current project is _On Being Worthy of the Event: Thinking Force, Affect and Origin after 3.11_. Here I study the work of five post-Fukushima public intellectuals to ask how what Isabelle Stengers calls “the intrusion of Gaia” is prompting new questions and new alliances. The first chapter reads manga artist Hagio Moto’s post-3.11 anti-nuclear collection as an invitation to revisit her 1980 SF classic _Star Red_, in which the art of loving planet-as-origin has big consequences for both eco-criticism and feminism. The second chapter takes up Oe Kenzaburo’s post-Fukushima speeches and journalism to argue that what Oe says obliquely about his disabled son’s musical sensibility is far more interesting for an eco-critical politics than what he says overtly about anti-nuclear and peace activism. Chapter three is a Deleuzean reading of two volumes of interviews from Internet news pioneer Iwakami Yasumi titled _One Hundred People, One Hundred Stories_. I focus on a minority of Fukushima Prefecture interviewees who are becoming “worthy of the event” in the stoic sense Deleuze outlines in _The Logic of Sense_. Chapter four is about women’s affective labor and the production of hope in Kamanaka Hitomi’s 2013 documentary _Little Voices From Fukushima_. Here I use Ueno Chizuko’s theories of care work and pink-collar labor. Chapter five asks after the intersection of eco-criticism and post-colonial politics in the “walking” and “pilgrimage” writings of Zainichi writer Suh Kyong-sik, whose post-3.11 work on refugee politics puts Primo Levi’s “shame” at the center of an activism of affect.
Publications Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  On Being Worthy of the Event: Thinking Force, Affect, and Origin After 3.11. (in process)
  This Perversion Called Love: Reading Tanizaki, Feminist Theory and Freud. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009.
  Journal Articles and Book Chapters . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Between Affect, Ecology and Disability: Reading Oe in Catastrophic Times.” Under review.
  “What Kind of Science? Reading Irigaray with Stengers.” Philosophy After Irigaray. Ed. Mary Rawlinson and Sara McNamara. Albany: SUNY Press, 2016. 173-194.
  “Hagio Moto’s Nuclear Manga and the Promise of Eco-Feminist Desire.” Mechademia 9: Origins. Ed. Christopher Bolton and Frenchy Lunning. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. 3-23.
  “Two Ways to Play Fort-Da: With Tanizaki and Freud in Yoshino.” Perversion in Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Culture. Ed. Nina Cornyetz and J. Keith Vincent. New York and London: Routledge, 2009. 147-161.
  “Malice@Doll: Konaka, Specularization, and the Virtual Feminine.” Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire. Ed. Frenchy Lunning. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. 157-174.
  “Nakagami and the Denial of Lineage: On Maternity, Abjection, and the Japanese Outcast Class.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 17.2 (Summer 2006) 1-32.
  “Nakagami to ‘kindai bungaku no owari’ [Nakagami and the ‘end of modern literature’]”. Essay plus zadankai [published round-table] with Aoyama Shinji, Asada Akira, Karatani Kojin, Takazawa Shuji, Tsushima Yuko and Watanabe Naomi. Waseda Bungaku 29.5 (November 2004) 22-53.
  “Feminist Film Theory: Osaka, Circa 1866.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 13.3 (Fall 2002) 24-63.
  “Tanizaki and the Enjoyment of Japanese Culturalism.” positions east asia cultures critique 10.2 (Fall 2002) 431-469.
Grant Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, Tokyo University. 1994-95. Advised by Komori Yoichi and Ueno Chizuko.
Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
Association of Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS)
Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Other Experience Reviews & Commentary Co-Editor
Mechademia, an Annual Forum for Manga, Anime and the Fan Arts (Minnesota) 2011—2015

Executive Board
UCLA-based multi-campus workshop group “Japanese Arts and Globalization.” 2010—pres

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