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About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in English Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I study children’s literature, Asian diaspora studies, affect theory, aesthetic theory, and critical race theory. My dissertation brings these interests together to explore the enchanted aesthetics of children’s books and toys that circulated across Japan, England, and America at the turn of the century. I also hold an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University and write fiction and nonfiction. You can contact me at kalnay@wisc.edu or @ericakanesaka.