Education & Certifications

  • PhD, Osaka University, Comparative Literature, Division of Studies on Cultural Expressions (2015)
  • MA, Osaka University, Comparative Literature (2008)
  • MA, University of Latvia, Asian Studies (2005)
  • BA, University of Latvia, Japanese Language and Culture (2003)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

The aim of my dissertation is to elucidate the significance of scatological representations in modern and contemporary Japanese literature, tracing their lineage in both canonical and non-canonical works from the 1930s until the post-bubble era. I focus on representations of scatology that are specifically related to sexuality -- which have been disregarded as a narrow and meaningless subset of perverse desire – as they appear in the aesthetic realm.