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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 306, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2378
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Ichiro Takayoshi
Associate Professor
Replacement Advisor, English Declaration of Major Representative


Ph.D., Columbia University
MA, The University of Tokyo
BA, The University of Tokyo


Ichiro Takayoshi is a historian specializing in American literature and social thought in the modern period. He is also interested in literary theory, aesthetics, and methodology. He is currently at work on a book on the history of reality and imagination in the U.S. and a book on a rational model of art consumption.

Research Interests

  • Modern Literature (American, British)
  • Modern Intellectual History (American, British)
  • Aesthetics
  • Literary Theory

Courses Taught

  • Modern Poetry (undergraduate/graduate)
  • American Fiction 1950-Present (undergraduate)
  • Dreiser and James (graduate)
  • The Realist Novel (undergraduate)
  • Women and Fiction (undergraduate)
  • Harlem Renaissance (undergraduate)
  • Literature of the Jazz Age (undergraduate)
  • American Culture during the Great Depression (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald (undergraduate)
  • War and American Values (undergraduate)
  • Archeology of Form (graduate)
  • American Moderns (graduate)

Publication Highlights


  • Editor. American Literature in Transition: 1930-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

  • Editor. American Literature in Transition: 1920-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

  • American Writers and the Approach of World War II, 1935-1941: A Literary History (Cambridge University Press, 2015)


  • "Franzen and the 'Open-Minded but Essentially Untrained Fiction Reader'." July 2013. Post45. Co-authored with Seth Studer.

  • "The Wages of War: Liberal Gullibility, Soviet Intervention, and the End of the Popular Front." Representations115 (summer 2011): 102-29.

  • "Can Philosophy Explain Nazi Violence?: Giorgio Agamben and the Problem of the Historico-Philosophical Method," Journal of Genocide Research 13 (May 2011): 47-66.

  • "Bungakushi no Kihon Gainen: Keisiki to Rekisi" ("Basic Concepts of Literary History: Form and Historicity"). Hyosyo 3 (spring 2009): 74-86.

  • "Burroughs, Aruiwa Chudoku to Houhou" ("Burroughs, or Addiction and Method") in Kei Hibino ed., Karada wa dokoni aru?(Tokyo: Sairyu-sha, 2004): 165-86.

  • "Mark Twain no Ningen Towa Nanika? to William Dean Howells no Altruria Karano Tabibitoni okeru Ningen no Joken" ("On Human Condition: Mark Twain's What Is Man?and William Dean Howells' Traveler from Altruria"), Pacific and American Studies, 4 (March 2004): 133-53.