Richard F. Calichman

Richard F. Calichman

Research Interest

Modern Japanese Literature and Thought

Richard F. Calichman is Professor of Japan Studies at the City College of New York, CUNY. He teaches courses in Japanese film, literature, and language. His publications includeTakeuchi Yoshimi: Displacing the West (2004), What Is Modernity? Writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi (2005), Contemporary Japanese Thought (2005), Overcoming Modernity: Cultural Identity in Wartime Japan (2008), The Politics of Culture: Around the Work of Naoki Sakai (2010), The Frontier Within: Writings of Abe Kobo (2013), and Abe Kobo: Time, Writing, Community (2016).

He is currently working on two projects: a translation of Abe Kobo’s novel Beasts Head for Home (Columbia University Press, forthcoming) and a monograph titled The Question of Method in Japan Studies: Literature, History, Philosophy.

He received his BA in English from Colby College in 1988 and his PhD in 2001 from Cornell University.


Richard F. Calichman, Beyond Nation: Time, Writing, and Community in the Work of Abe Kōbō (Stanford University Press, 2016).

Richard F. Calichman, editor and translator, The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kobo (Columbia University Press, 2013).

Richard F. Calichman, editor and translator, Overcoming Modernity: Cultural Identity in Wartime Japan (Columbia University Press, 2008).

Richard F. Calichman, editor, Contemporary Japanese Thought (Columbia University Press, 2005).

Richard F. Calichman, Takeuchi Yoshimi: Displacing the West (Cornell East Asia Series, 2004).