Christopher L. Hill
Adjunct Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian InstituteRealism and modernism in Japanese fiction; the novel in comparative perspective; history of social thought; transnational intellectual exchange; nationalism
Professor Hill, trained in comparative literature and Japanese studies, focuses on the transnational history of literary genres and social thought. His current project, The Travels of Naturalism, is a study of the rise of the naturalist novel and its movement around the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a special focus on France, Japan, and the United States. His teaching interests include the literature and intellectual and cultural history of modern Japan.
Professor Hill's recent publications include "Nana in the World: Novel, Gender, and Transnational Form," Modern Language Quarterly 72:1 (Mar. 2011); "The Travels of Naturalism and the Challenges of a World Literary History," Literature Compass 6 (Oct. 2009); "Exhausted by Their Battles with the World: Neurasthenia and Civilization Critique in Early Twentieth-Century Japan," in Perversion and Modern Japan: Experiments in Psychoanalysis (London: Routledge, 2009); and National History and the World of Nations: Capital, State, and the Rhetoric of History in Japan, France, and the United States (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008). His essay "Conceptual Universality in the Transnational Nineteenth Century" will appear in Global Intellectual History, edited by Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori.
He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1999 and taught at Columbia in 2010-11, rejoining the university in the spring of 2012. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of California, Berkeley.