Dr. Melek Ortabasi

Associate Professor, World Languages and Literatures, Simon Fraser University

Japanese literature; Japanese pop culture; Japanese film; literary translation; children's literacy; children's literature; young adult (YA) literature; diversity in children's literature; language learning advocacy; multilingualism; academic administration



Dr. Melek Ortabasi is an Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Simon Fraser University. She teaches World Literature courses that are often informed by her research interests: translation theory and practice, popular culture and transnationalism, and internationalism in children’s literature. She specializes in modern Japanese and German literatures. Her latest book, The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Asia Center. Ortabasi is currently working on two projects: a book manuscript on transnationalism and modern Japanese children's literature, as well as a comparative Digital Humanities project on the childhood memoir, which incorporates materials primarily in Japanese, German, and English.


  • literary translation
  • Japanese literature
  • Japanese pop culture
  • Japanese film
  • children's literacy
  • children's literature
  • young adult (YA) literature
  • diversity in children's literature
  • language learning advocacy
  • multilingualism
  • academic administration

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