Tomoko Slutsky


Fields/Periods: Japanese, French/Francophone, and English  literary and cultural studies from late nineteenth-century to twenty-first century, avant-garde movements, modernism, post-modernism, spatial theory, eco-criticism, and animal studies.

Tomoko Takeuchi Slutsky is a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, specializing in Japanese, French and English literature after 1854.  Her research and teaching interests include intersections of visual and literary art, realism and romanticism, memory and objects, collecting and museum studies.

Her doctoral dissertation From Metaphor to Metamorphosis: Modernity’s Animals in Japan and France examines the construct of “animal” and “animality” in/outside human through more-than-human representations in literature during the time of rapid global modernization and urbanization.  It discusses texts by authors such as Baudelaire, Laurtréamont, Colette, Céline, Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, Abe Kōbō, and Virginia Woolf, as well as those by contemporary authors such as J.M. Coetzee, Hiromi Kawakami, and Yoko Tawada.

Tomoko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.  She received her B.A. with the De Ford Award in English Literature from Tsuda College, Tokyo; and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, 2015. Prior to coming to Princeton, she did her master's work in French and Francophone Studies at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

At Princeton, she is a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Writing Center and has served as Graduate Liaison for the Princeton Department of Comparative Literature from 2015 to 2017.  She also has been an editor for Inventory, a translation magazine, from 2014 to present.

Awards and Fellowships:

Joseph E. Croft *73 Summer Fellowship, Summer 2017

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (German), Summer 2012 and 2014

Benjamin Coates, Class of 1939, and Prince Fumitaka Konoe, Class of 1938, Memorial Fund 2012

Judy Gould Fund for Study Abroad, Institut d'études françaises d'Avignon, Summer 2011


Assistant Instructor, EAS260: Japan's Media Mix: Anime/Cinema/Gaming (Franz Prichard). Princeton University, Fall 2018.

Assistant Instructor, COM 209: Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication (Thomas W. Hare).  Princeton University, Fall 2017.

Assistant Instructor, ART 100: Meanings in the Visual Arts: An Introduction to the History of Art (Carolyn Yerkes). Princeton University, Fall 2015.

Assistant Instructor, ENG/AAS 223 Literature and Food (Anne Cheng).  Princeton University, Spring 2015.

Publication: (upcoming)  “Staging of Self, Performance of Life: Formation of a Subject in Yuki no Renshūsei” in Tawada Yoko: Voices from Everywhere II, ed. Douglas Slaymaker. New York: Lexington Books, 2019.

Conference Presentations:

“Intersection of Translation Complex: Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s short stories,” Modern Language Association (MLA), Annual Conference, University of Chicago, Chicago,January 2019

“Inside-out: Language, Body, and Narrative Perspectives in Tawada Yoko’s two novels,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Annual Meeting, University of California, Los Angeles, March 2018

“Expression of Shame: Reflex or Response?” Thinking Bodies: Towards a Theory of Embodiment, 28th Annual Graduate Student Conference Yale German Department, Yale University, April 2017.

“Travel in a Decadent style? Des Esseintes: Collector and Traveling agent,” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Johns Hopkins University, March 2017.

“Memory Politics at Place St. Michel, Paris,” Aesthetic Afterlives, the 3rd Annual Conference, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University, September 2016.

“Invisible Space of Georges Perec,” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, March, 2016.

"Flower(y) Communications in Mrs. Dalloway," Princeton-Rutgers Nineteen Century Victorian Symposium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, February 14.