Faculty Associates

Karen Thornber

Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Harvard University Council on Asian Studies; Director, Harvard Global Institute Environmental Humanities Initiative

Research Interests: 

Environmental and medical humanities. World literature and the literatures and cultures of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan), as well as the Indian Ocean Rim. Textual production, circulation, consumption, and reconfiguration as key elements of wider cultural and planetary consciousness.  Transculturation, postcolonialism, ecocriticism, trauma, literature, medicine/global health, and global indigeneities.

Faculty Department: 

Comparative Literature

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
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