Karen Thornber, PhD
Karen Thornber is professor and chair of comparative literature at Harvard University; she is also chair of regional studies East Asia and a professor in Harvard's Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Thornber's research and teaching focus on world literature, East Asian literatures, the literatures of the Indian Ocean Rim, post-colonialism, diaspora, trauma, environmental humanities, and medical humanities. A 2006 Harvard PhD, her books include Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009) and Ecoambiguity: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literatures (University of Michigan Press, 2012), both of which were awarded multiple international prizes. She is the author of over fifty articles/chapters as well as of an award-winning translation of Japanese poetry; Thornber is additionally guest editor of a special issue of the journal Literature and Medicine on world literature and health. Working in over a dozen languages (six European and eight Asian), Thornber is currently writing two books: Global World Literature and Health and Networking Literatures. She has just started learning Arabic.
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