Sako, Katsura

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Affiliation

Faculty of Economics (Hiyoshi)

Position

Professor

Career 【 Display / hide

  • 2021.04
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    Present

    Professor

  • 2013.04
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    Present

    Associate Professor

  • 2009.04
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    Present

    Assistant Profeessor

  • 2019.01
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    Present

    University of Huddersfield, School of Music, Humanities and Media, Visiting Research Fellow

  • 2015
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    2016

    University of Cambridge, Wolfson College, Visiting Fellow

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Academic Background 【 Display / hide

  • 2002.04
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    2008.03

    The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, Department of English Language and Literature

    Graduate School, Withdrawal after completion of doctoral course requirements, Doctoral course

  • 2007.11

    University of Warwick, Faculty of Art, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

    United Kingdom, Graduate School, Completed, Doctoral course

  • 1999.04
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    2002.03

    Gakushuin University, Graduate School of Humanities, Graduate Course in English and American Literature

    Graduate School, Completed, Master's course

  • 1999.03

    Gakushuin University, Faculty of Letters, Department of English and American Literature

    University, Graduated

  • 2000.09

    University of Oxford, Visiting Graduate Student in English

    United Kingdom, University, Other

Academic Degrees 【 Display / hide

  • PhD, University of Warwick, 2007.11

  • MA, Gakushuin University, Coursework, 2002.03

 

Research Areas 【 Display / hide

  • Humanities & Social Sciences / European literature (Post-war/Contemporary British Literature and Culture)

 

Books 【 Display / hide

  • Contemporary Narratives of Ageing, Illness and Care

    Katsura Sako and Sarah Falcus , Routledge, 2022

  • "Care, Generations and Reciprocity in Children's Picturebooks in Japan"

    Katsura Sako and Sarah Falcus, Routledge, 2022

    Scope: 177-199

  • Ageing and Detective Fiction. In: Gu D., Dupre M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

    Katsura Sako, Springer, 2019.05

    Scope: Ageing and Detective Fiction,  Contact page: 163-165

  • Contemporary narratives of dementia: Ethics, ageing, politics

    Falcus S., Sako K., Contemporary Narratives of Dementia: Ethics, Ageing, Politics, 2019.01

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    This book examines narratives of dementia in contemporary literary texts, studying what is now a pressing issue with deep political, economic, and social implications for many ageing societies. As part of the increasing visibility of dementia in social and cultural life, these narratives pose ethical, aesthetic, and political questions about subjectivity, agency, and care that help us to interrogate the cultural discourse of dementia. Contemporary Narratives of Dementia is a seminal book that offers a sustained examination of a wide range of literary narratives, from auto/biographies and detective fiction, to children’s books and comic books. With its wide-reaching theoretical and critical scope, its comparative dimension, and its inclusion of multiple genres, this book is important for scholars engaging with studies of dementia and ageing in diverse disciplines.

  • 'Women, Travelling and Later Life' in Imelda Whelehan & Joel Gwynne (Eds.), Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism: Harleys and Hormones

    Sarah Falcus and Katsura SAKO, Palgrave, 2014.11

    Scope: 203-218

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Papers 【 Display / hide

  • Depicting Dementia: Representations of Cognitive Health and Illness in Ten Picturebooks for Children

    Caldwell E.F., Falcus S., Sako K.

    Children's Literature in Education (Children's Literature in Education)   2020

    ISSN  00456713

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    © 2020, The Author(s). It is estimated that a third of children know someone living with dementia, and there are now many picturebooks for young children that help to explain the changes dementia can bring to family life. Despite their number, there has been little examination of what these books communicate about health and illness. To address this, the current study presents a close visual and textual analysis of 10 recent picturebooks in English that aim to teach children about dementia. Our analysis reveals that in these books dementia is exclusively framed in terms of ageing, and as an illness of older adults. Furthermore, the books rely heavily on mechanistic metaphors to explain the causes of dementia. However, at the same time the “still the same person” narrative is dominant. This narrative emphasises the importance of foregrounding the unique history and personality of the person living with dementia, and offers a way to help children to continue meaningful relationships with their relatives. These books employ often ageist tropes of decline in the depiction of dementia and yet at the same time support a narrative of ongoing personhood, reflecting the complexity of broader social discourses around dementia and selfhood.

  • 'Dementia and Detection in Elizabeth Is Missing and Turn of Mind'

    Katsura SAKO

    Contemporary Women's Writing 10 ( 3 ) 315 - 333 2016.05

    Single Work, Accepted

  • 'Dementia, Care and Time in Postwar Japan: The Twilight Years, Memories of Tomorrow and Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days'

    Katsura SAKO and Sarah Falcus

    Feminist Review 111   88 - 108 2015.11

    Joint Work, Accepted

  • '"I Must Learn to Grow Old before I Die": Women, Ageing and Travels to Italy'

    Sarah Falcus and Katsura SAKO

    Women: A Cultural Review 25 ( 2 ) 194 - 214 2014.10

    Joint Work, Accepted

  • 'Ageing, the Body and Subjectivity in Three Stories by A. S. Byatt'

    Katsura SAKO

    The Hiyoshi Review of English Studies 61   107-55 2012

    Research paper (bulletin of university, research institution), Single Work, Accepted

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Presentations 【 Display / hide

  • UK Children’s Picturebooks: Care, Kinship and Masculinity

    Sarah Falcus and Katsura Sako

    Masculinities Aging Between Cultures: Methods and Concepts in Dialogue (University of Rostock, Germany (online)) , 

    2021.04

    Oral presentation (general)

  • Late-life Friendship in Grace and Frankie: Changing Relationship Paradigms in Old Age?

    Maricel Oró Piqueras & Katsura Sako

    Discourses of Fictional (Digital) TV Series Conference (University of Valencia (online)) , 

    2020.11

  • Care and the child-grandparent relationship in children’s picturebooks in Japan

    Katsura Sako and Sara Falcus

    9th International Health Humanities Conference (St Luke's International University) , 

    2020.10

    Oral presentation (general), St Luke's International University & Health Humanities Study Group

  • "Dementia, familial care and the politics of nostalgia in Japanese cinemative narratives"

    Katsura Sako

    Ageing, Illness, Care in Literary and Cultural Narratives (University of Huddersfield, UK) , 

    2019.09

    Oral presentation (general)

  • Family and Nostalgia in Contemporary Japanese film about Dementia

    Katsura Sako

    North American Network in Aging Studies (Peterborough, Canada) , 

    2019.05

    Oral presentation (general), Trent University

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Research Projects of Competitive Funds, etc. 【 Display / hide

  • Ageing and Illness in British and Japanese Children's Picturebooks 1950-2000: Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    2018.04
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    2023.03

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Research grant, Principal investigator

  • Ageing, Dementia, Care in Contemporary Fiction

    2017.04
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    2023.03

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Katsura Sako, Research grant, Principal investigator

  • Meanings and Experiences of Ageing and Subjectivity in Contemporary British Fiction and Culture

    2013.04
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    2017.03

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Research grant, Principal investigator

  • Ageing in Post-war and Contemporary British Literature

    2010.04
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    2013.03

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Research grant, Principal investigator

  • Literature, Language and Identity from Local and Global Perspectives

    2010.04
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    2011.03

    Keio Gijuku Academic Development Funds, Research grant, No Setting

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Courses Taught 【 Display / hide

  • LITERATURE 2

    2022

  • ENGLISH SEMINAR (INTERMEDIATE)

    2022

  • ENGLISH (STUDY SKILLS)

    2022

  • LITERATURE 2

    2021

  • INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT C

    2021

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Memberships in Academic Societies 【 Display / hide

  • Contemporary Women's Writing Association, 

    2011.04
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    Present