Norma Field

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Norma M. Field is an author and emeritus professor of East Asian studies at the University of Chicago.[1] She has taught Premodern Japanese Poetry and Prose, Premodern Japanese Language, and Gender Studies as relating to Japanese women.

Her areas of expertise include: Japan, Literature: Modern Japanese, Feminism, Translation, Humanities.

Field was born in Tokyo, Japan shortly after the end of World War II to an American serviceman father and his Japanese wife. She was raised in Tokyo attending school in the Washington Heights District. At age 10, she transferred to the American School in Japan, where she stayed until she graduated from high school. After graduation, she moved to America, and received a BA from Pitzer College in European Studies.

Field has a master's degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988.[2]


Selected publications[edit]

  • The Splendor of Longing in the Tale of the Genji (1987)
  • In the Realm of a Dying Emperor: A Portrait of Japan at Century's End (1993)
  • From My Grandmother's Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo (1997)


  1. ^ "Faculty & Staff: Norma M. Field, Ph.D." University of Chicago: Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Norma Field". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  3. ^ Richard, Dreux (18 October 2013). "Norma Field, champion of Japan's leftist literature, retires — but not from anti-nuclear activism". The Japan Times. Retrieved 23 November 2020.

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