Dr. Rei Magosaki

Dr. Rei Magosaki

Associate Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Office Location: 428 Glassell, Room 107
Office Hours: T 1-5 p.m.
Phone: (714) 628-7396
Amherst College, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Virginia, Ph.D.


Rei Magosaki is a specialist in the field of twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture.

Dr. Magosaki’s monograph, Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production (Fordham UP, 2016), is the first sustained exploration into the history of cross-cultural collaborations between Asian American writers and their non-Asian American editors and publishers. The volume focuses on the literary production of the cosmopolitan subject, and features writers Sui Sin Far, Jessica Hagedorn, Karen Tei Yamashita, Monique Truong, and Min Jin Lee. A documentation of the dramatically changing publishing history from the late nineteenth century through the age of global capitalism, the book also reveals a range of negotiations between these authors and their publishers, between the shared investment in both politics and aesthetics which influenced the narrative structure of key works in major works of Asian American narrative fiction.

She writes in both English and in Japanese, and her scholarly essays have been published in the U.S., Japan, India, and elsewhere. She has written for Los Angeles Review of Books, and holds a regular column in Japanese at Sayusha, a literary press in Japan, entitled “Dispatches from Southern California: With Love from the Land of Sunshine”. Her developing interest in ecocriticism is reflected in an upcoming book chapter on the Japanese poet and scholar Keijiro Suga.

Dr. Magosaki was the recipient of Chapman University’s faculty grant for scholarly activity in 2011, 2012, and 2019. Her latest scholarly interest is on the literatures of the desert Southwest. On leave Spring 2021.

Courses taught:

300-level and 500-level seminars on Multicultural literatures of the U.S., Asian American literature, U.S. fiction after 1950, Contemporary U.S. literature, American short stories, and Japanese literature in translation.

 Faculty Research

She received her PhD in English from the University of Virginia and B.A. magna cum laude in English (with distinction) and French from Amherst College.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Magosaki, Rei. "Timothy Yu, Diasporic Poetics: Asian Writing in the United States, Canada, and Australia." American Literary History, volume 35, issue 1, 2023, pp. 655–657.
"4 x 4 x 4 x 4: Reflections on Keijiro Suga's Poetics in Practice." Wild Lines and Poetic Travels: A Keijiro Suga Reader, edited by Doug Slaymaker, 71-79. (Latham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2021)
"Re-Seeing the Present: On Monique Truong’s 'The Sweetest Fruits'” (November 25, 2019, Los Angeles Review of Books)
Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production (New York: Fordham University Press,2016)
“The Global Citizen and Troubled Narration in Bharati Mukherjee's The Middleman and Other Stories” in Reflections on World Literatures. Ed. Nilanshu Agarwal (Jaipur: Yking Books, 2011)
“An Introduction to U.S. Literary Criticism in the Twentieth Century,” Nihongo Kyouiku to Tekusuto Ron[Japanese Education and Theories of Textual Analysis]. Ed. Yasue Suzuki, Shin Takagi, Kouitsuro Sukegawa, Tomooki Kuroki (Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo Press, 2009).