Yisheng Tang

Yisheng Tang studies modern Japanese literature. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Japanese with a minor in German from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. She wrote her Comparative Literature honors thesis on the theories of monsters grounded in the traditions of Western European vampirism and Japanese medieval demonology, and her Japanese honors thesis on the category of homosocial relationship in Natsume Sōseki’s 1914 novel Kokoro. She is currently interested in exploring the question of “friendship” and the history of sociability in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan, as well as the changing boundaries between homoeroticism and friendship in those periods’ literature. Other things she particularly enjoys include the history of ancient Egypt, European history, John Milton’s prose and poetry, and works of manga and animation.