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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Adam Kern

Specializing in Japanese literature, visual culture, and popular culture, including manga, haiku, kibyoushi (kibyôshi 黄表紙), senryuu (senryû 川柳), bareku (破礼句), and so on.

Professor of Japanese Literature and Visual Culture, Department of East Asian Languages & Literature Work: 608-262-8731 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Japanese comic books, from kibyôshi to manga
  • Japanese literature and popular culture of the early modern (1600-1868) and modern periods
  • Japanese visual culture of the early modern (1600-1868) and modern periods, including ukiyoe, manga, kibyôshi, haiga, and so on
  • history of haiku in Japan, including senryû, bareku, haikai and so on
  • Japanese comic literature (gesaku 戯作) of the early modern and modern periods


  • Research Student at the University of Kyoto on a grant from the Monbusho (Ministry of Education)
  • Research Professor at the University of Tokyo
  • Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Japanese Literature (Kokubungaku Kenkyû Shiryôkan 国文学研究資料館), Tokyo, Japan
  • Author, "The Penguin Book of Haiku" (London: Penguin Classics, forthcoming, December 2017)
  • Author, "Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyoshi of Edo Japan" (Harvard University Asia Center)
  • Staff reporter for a major metropolitan Japanese newspaper "Kyoto Shimbun"
  • Editorial intern with the manga weekly "Young Magazine" at Kodansha Publishers
  • On the faculty at Harvard University for nearly a decade