ODA Toru小田 透

Research Areas:Comparative Literature, Critical Theory

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Message to students

“But do not the bewitching powers of all studies lie in that they continually open up to us new, unsuspected horizons, not yet understood, which entice us to proceed further and further in the penetration of what appears at first sight only in vague outline?” (P. Kropotkin. Memoirs of a Revolutionist.)

"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next." (Ursula K. Le Guin. The Left Hand of Darkness.)

"Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists." (Rebecca Solnit. Hope in the Dark.)



  • Translating Anarchism Against the Grain: Sakae Ōsugi Reading Peter Kropotkin, 2019, EAJS, University of Tsukuba, Japan.

  • Complicating Temporal Scales: Narrative Inventions of Better Humanity in Émile Zola’s Les Rougon-Macquart, 2019, MSIA, Modernism and Multiple Temporalities, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan.

  • Traveling, Troubling, and Translating: Reading Suga Keijiro against Hiroki Azuma, 2019, ACLA Annual Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

  • Narrative Negotiations between Nationalist and Scientific Fantasies: Naturalist Invention of the Mythical in Émile Zola's La Débâcle, 2018, Literary Fantasy and Its Discontents, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan.

  • Possibilities of Representing Anarchist Morality: Problems of Grounding in Peter Kropotkin’s Theory of Mutual Aid, 2018, The 13th Annual Workshop of the Association for Studies of Culture and Representation, Yamagata University, Yamagata.


University of California, Irvine (Comparative Literature) PhD
University of California, Irvine (Comparative Literature) MA