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Emily Bush

Emily Bush

(she/her)

Research student

School of Modern Languages

Overview

I am a second-year PhD student, and I am researching Japanese disaster narratives from an ecocritical perspective.

I have an MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures from the University of Bristol. My master's thesis was titled 'The stories we tell: How literary responses to Chernobyl and Fukushima show a disruption of time, space, and the ‘stories we live by’ after environmental crisis.'

I also have a BA (Hons) in Japanese Studies with Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University. As part of this degree, I spent a year abroad studying at the University of Kitakyushu in Japan.

I am a member of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS).

I am funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

Research

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are Japanese culture and ecocriticism, and I am currently exploring Japanese disaster narratives in literature, films, and video games from an ecocritical perspective to see the role culture plays in formulating or reinforcing ideas about disaster and the environment. I first became interested in exploring narratives from an ecocritical perspective when I took a module during my master's on literature and the environment. 

Thesis

What can ecocritical analyses of Japanese apocalyptic narratives tell us about ideas of disaster and the environment?

Teaching

2023-2024

Introduction to Translation Methods - Japanese to English Seminars.

Biography

Professional memberships

  • British Association for Japanese Studies.

Speaking engagements

  • 2024. What Can Ecocritical Analyses of Japanese Disaster Narratives Tell Us About Ideas on Disaster and the Environment? (presentation). British Association for Japanese Studies and Japan Foundation Life After Your PhD Workshop. Sheffield: University of Sheffield. 2 February 2024.
  • 2023. My Research So Far (presentation). Year 2 Postgraduate Presentations. Cardiff: Cardiff University School of Modern Languages. 21 November 2023.
  • 2023. Nonhumans and Death, Life, and Rebirth in Short Stories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (paper). Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature, and Global Environments Conference. Falmouth: Falmouth University. 4-6 July 2023.
  • 2023. Japanese Disaster Narratives and Ideas on Disaster and the Environment (poster presentation). Breaking Boundaries Conference. Cardiff: Cardiff University Doctoral Academy. 14 June 2023.
  • 2023. What Can Ecocritical Analyses of Japanese Disaster Narratives Tell Us About Ideas on Disaster and the Environment? (presentation). Cardiff University School of Modern Languages Postgraduate Showcase. Cardiff: Cardiff University School of Modern Languages. 2 May 2023.
  • 2023. What Can Ecocritical Analyses of Japanese Disaster Narratives Tell Us About Ideas on Disaster and the Environment? (presentation). British Association for Japanese Studies and Japan Foundation Fieldwork in Japan Workshop. Online. 18 March 2013
  • 2022. What Can Ecocritical Analyses of Japanese Disaster Narratives Tell Us About Ideas on Disaster and the Environment? (presentation) Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Studentship Day. London: SOAS. 11 November 2022.

Supervisors

Christopher Hood

Christopher Hood

Reader in Japanese Studies

Ryan Prout

Ryan Prout

Reader in Hispanic Studies

Specialisms

  • Japanese studies
  • Environment and culture
  • Japanese popular culture
  • Literature in Japanese

External profiles