Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Haruo Shirane
Hana Lethen will be joining EALAC’s Ph.D. program in the fall of 2019 as a student in premodern Japanese literature after completing her current year at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Yokohama, Japan. She received her B.A. in comparative literature from Princeton University in 2017. Hana’s research interests center around representations and performances of madness and gender in traditional Japanese theater. In particular, she is interested in deranged women, demonic women, and other female characters in Noh plays who deviate from idealized “femininity.” Hana aims to interpret the evolution of these character types by investigating interrelations between text and theater.