Sophia Ikegami Sherry

Sophia Ikegami Sherry is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Chicago. Through several literary case studies, her dissertation reads an extended period of midcentury modernism within global British, French, and Japanese cultures of cosmopolitanism, world war, and empires in decline.


Modernism, Realism: Hayashi Fumiko’s Metropolitan Vagabondage (1930)

Serialized in the first years of Japan’s modern Shôwa period (1926-1989), Hayashi Fumiko’s wildly popular Diary of a Vagabond (Hôrôki) recounts, in playful turns both confessional and elusive, its author’s formation in the provincial mining communities of southern Japan and the booming Tokyo metropolis of the 1920s.