» Dr. Rei Magosaki
Associate Professor

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of English
Dr. Rei Magosaki
Office Location:
SHC 110
Office Hours:
T 1-5 p.m.
(714) 628-7396
University Honors Program
Amherst College, Bachelor of Arts in English
The University of Virginia, Ph.D. in English

Rei Magosaki is a specialist in the field of twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on contemporary, multicultural, and global U.S. literatures. She received her PhD in English from the University of Virginia and B.A. magna cum laude in English (with distinction) and French from Amherst College. She has taught courses in multicultural literatures of the U.S., Asian American literature, U.S. fiction after 1950, contemporary U.S. literature, American short stories, and Japanese literature in translation. Her critical emphasis is on issues of gender, compounded by postcolonial and transnational approaches that see U.S. literature in a global frame.

Currently, Dr. Magosaki is working on two projects. Sexing the City: Contemporary U.S. Women Writers and the Global Metropolis builds on her dissertation and addresses city women's writing in the U.S. which envisions postwar urban space as a vibrant site of matrilineal empowerment, creative connections, multicultural catalytic energies, and diasporic homecoming, even as it grapples with new problems in postindustrial cities. In Trickster Cosmopolitanism, she examines the emergence of a new global subject in contemporary Asian American literature, exploring the politics and poetics of cross-cultural collaborations in literary production.

Dr. Magosaki writes in both English and in Japanese, and her scholarly essays have been published in the U.S., Japan, India, and elsewhere, including contributions to the African American National Biography(Oxford University Press, 2007), Japanese Education and Theories of Textual Analysis (Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo Press, 2009), and Reflections on World Literatures (Jaipur, India: Yking Books, 2011). She was awarded Chapman’s faculty grant for scholarly activity in 2011 and in 2012.

Faculty Research



She received her PhD in English from the University of Virginia and B.A. magna cum laude in English (with distinction) and French from Amherst College.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production (New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2016)
“The Global Citizen and Troubled Narration in Bharati Mukherjee's The Middleman and Other Stories” in Reflections on World Literatures. Ed. Nilanshu Agarwal (Jaipur: Yking Books, 2011)
“An Introduction to U.S. Literary Criticism in the Twentieth Century,” Nihongo Kyouiku to Tekusuto Ron[Japanese Education and Theories of Textual Analysis]. Ed. Yasue Suzuki, Shin Takagi, Kouitsuro Sukegawa, Tomooki Kuroki (Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo Press, 2009).