Tanaka, Kathryn M.

University of Hyogo

Kathryn M. Tanaka is an associate professor at the University of Hyogo. Her research areas include Japanese literature and the medical humanities, particularly intersections of Hansen’s disease, literature, gender, and media. Her publications include “Hansen’s Disease and Patient Writing in Colonial Taiwan’s Sanatorium, 1934-1944: The Affect of the Institution,” International Journal of Korean History 27 (1) (2022) and “The Abject Woman and the Meaning of Illness in Kōda Rohan’s ‘Tai dokuro’ (Encounter with a Skull),” Japanese Studies 39(1), (May 2019), among others. 


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    Introduction Fashion and beauty work are a part of identity that is shaped around normative, idealised, and often gendered bodies, and this has been the subject of much academic and popular attention. While much research focusses on fashion and beauty work as a way to highlight socially desirable traits or trends, it is important to note that fashion is equally important as a tool...Read more