Professor of Japanese and Asian Studies; Japanese language and literature; Assistant Provost; Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary and General Studies
St Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057 USA
Phyllis Larson completed her Ph.D. in Japanese literature at the University of Minnesota in 1985. Previously, she completed an M.A. in English literature at the University, and an M.A.T. at the University of St. Thomas. She has taught at St. Olaf College since 1993.
Phyllis teaches Japanese language courses, modern Japanese literature, Japanese film, and various Asian Studies courses.She publishes in the areas of language pedagogy and modern Japanese literary studies. On sabbatical in 2005-06, she studied Chinese language and researched writings by Japanese, such as Nogami Yaeko, Tamura Toshiko, and Uchiyama Kanzo, about China. Most recently, she presented a paper entitled "A Sino-Japanese Friendship in Wartime Shanghai: The Case of Lu Xun and Uchiyama Kanzo" at a conference at Lawrence University in October, 2006. This work builds on her sabbatical in 1999-2000, when she won a Fulbright Research Award for Japan. She also published "The Return of the 'Text': A Welcome Challenge for LCTs" in Modern Language Journal, Summer, 2006.