- Research Subject
English literature and film studies, especially on the representations of power relations in sex, gender and sexuality as they include not only women’s but masculinities as well as queer studies.
- Research Fields
- English and Gender Studies
- Faculty - Division / Research Group / Laboratory
- Division of Humanities / Research Group of Cultural Representations / Laboratory of European and American Literature
- Graduate School - Division / Department / Laboratory
- Division of Humanities / Department of Cultural Representations / Laboratory of European and American Literature
- School - Course / Laboratory
- Division of Humanities and Human Sciences / Course of Linguistics and Literature / Laboratory of European and American Literature
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