Lisa Reade

Japanese Program

Lisa Reade received her BA in English from Wesleyan University, and joined the East Asian Languages and Cultures department at Berkeley in 2011. She is now a PhD candidate in Japanese literature with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory, and is broadly interested in the intersection between the natural sciences and the novel. Her MA thesis considers the concept of heredity in Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, arguing that the novel offers an alternative model for the transmission of experience vis-a-vis the decline of Lamarckianism around the turn of the 20th century. Other interests include the history of Rangaku, particularly the botanical voyages of Engelbert Kaempfer and Phillip Franz von Siebold, the essays of Iwai Katsuhito, and the history of psychoanalysis.