Linda Flores is an Associate Professor in Modern Japanese Literature in the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Fellow in Japanese Studies at Pembroke College. In the faculty, she has recently served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and has also played an active role in supporting equality, diversity, and outreach. At Pembroke, she has served as Deputy Dean, Welfare Fellow, and Equality and Diversity Fellow. She has chaired Pembroke’s Welfare and Equalities Committee for many years, playing a leading role in the implementation of various initiatives such as: mandatory sexual consent workshops; welfare and wellbeing support for students and staff; workshops and working groups addressing issues of equality and diversity; and access and outreach.
Her areas of expertise include Japanese women writers, gender theory, trauma fiction, and contemporary Japanese literature. Many of her recent publications have focused on literature after ‘3.11’, the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Her current research centres on historical memory and the construction of a regional identity in post-3.11 literary and cultural productions (fiction, manga and film) from the Tōhoku region.