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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Adam Kern

Adam Kern

Expert on Japanese literature, visual culture, and popular culture, including manga, haiku, kibyoushi, senryuu, bareku, 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 kibyoushi 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, kibyoushi, haiga, and so on
  • history of haiku in Japan, including senryuu, bareku, haikai and so on
  • Japanese comic literature (gesaku) 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, Tokyo, Japan
  • Author, "The Penguin Book of Haiku" (London: Penguin Classics, forthcoming 2015)
  • 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