Jamie Newhard is a professor of Japanese language and literature with a focus on premodern literature.
Jamie Newhard has been at WashU since 2007. She received her PhD in Japanese Literature from Columbia University in 2005. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Arizona State University. Her specialty is premodern Japanese literature and language, and although she likes pretty much everything written in that span (712-1868), she has a particular interest in courtly narrative of the Heian period (The Tale of Genji, Tales of Ise, poetic diaries, etc.) and its reception in later ages. She is also very interested in the history of literary scholarship, the history of reading, book and publishing history, and gender issues in premodern Japanese literature. Her first book manuscript is titled, Knowing the Amorous Man: A History of Scholarship on Tales of Ise, and she is working on a second project titled A Market of Their Own: ‘Books for Women’ in 17th and 18th Century Japan.