Emily Levina

Japanese Language & Literature | Entering Year: 2017



Emily Levine is a PhD student in Japanese language and literature.  Originally from Massachusetts, she graduated with her MA in Japanese language and literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015.  Her dissertation will examine representations of female sexuality and pleasure in modern Japanese women’s literature, focusing on Yumiko Kurahashi’s Keiko-san Series. Emily will explore the ways in which the series’ namesake protagonist, Keiko Yamada, experiences and negotiates her own pleasure in Kurahashi’s fantasy worlds.  In her spare time, Emily enjoys walking and hiking, playing strategy games, and observing her pet snails.