Field: Japanese literature
Advisor: Tomi Suzuki
Before coming to Columbia A.J. van der Meer studied at Leiden University (BA, MA) and Waseda University (MA). The main focus of his research has been Meiji literature in general, and the novels of Natsume Soseki more specifically. For his project at Columbia he hopes to broaden the focus of his research by examining issues of empire and nation-state in the broader context of 19th century literature.