Tamae K. Prindle

Oak Professor of East Asian Language and Literature [Japanese]

Box 4406

Phone: 207-859-4416
Fax: 207-859-4705
Mailing Address:
4406 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8844
Prindle, Tamae K.


Tamae K. Prindle received her B.A. in English Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She transferred to SUNY Binghamton from the Gakushuin University French Literature Department in Tokyo. She earned her first M.A. in English Literature from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, her second M.A. in East Asian Studies from Cornell University, and her Ph. D. in Modern Japanese Literature with a minor in pre-modern Japanese literature and anthropology from Cornell University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Japanese language and literature
  • Japanese business novels
  • Japanese cinema, especially feminist perspectives on
  • Women

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EA240 AJapanese Animation: Sensitivity to Differences
JA125 AElementary Japanese I
JA126 AElementary Japanese II
JA431 ABusiness Japanese
JA432 AContemporary Japanese Novel

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
FS132Global Perspectives on Gender ...
EA332Modern Japanese Literature
EA232Literature of Japanese
EA457Seminar on Japanese Culture
EA233Money and Society in Japanese Literature
EA271Women in Japanese Fiction & Cinema


Professional Information

She is currently the Oak Professor of East Asian Studies and the Chair of the East Asian Studies Department at Colby College. Her interests focus on Japanese language, modern Japanese literature, Japanese cinema, and feminism. She pioneered the introduction of Japanese "business novels" to the West. Her works on business novels have been written up in Harper's (June 1986), Far Eastern Economic Review (May 1990), Across the Board (May 1990), The New York Times (May 1993 and October 1996), and others and have been adopted as textbooks in many colleges and universities in the United States. She has actively published and given presentations on Japanese language, literature, and cinema. She is also known as the author of many Hyper Card grammar drills.

Current Research

Women in Japanese Cinema: Feminist Analyses of Japanese Films.


Takuboku Ishikawa (1885-1912) is one of the best-known poets in Japan. Most of the poems in On Knowing Oneself Too Well: Selected Poems of Ishikawa Takuboku(2010) come from Takuboku's five poetry collections, and many use the traditional tanka format of 5-7-5 syllables.


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