Jon  Holt

Jon Holt

Professor of Japanese

FMH M 332
Tue: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Mon: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr. Holt received his Ph.D. in Japanese Literature from the University of Washington.  His research interests include modern Japanese poetry and children’s literature. He wrote his dissertation on the works of Miyazawa Kenji, arguably one of the most important figures in modern Japanese literature. At PSU, Dr. Holt teaches Japanese literature and film as well as upper-division Japanese language courses. His secondary research interests include manga and Japanese Buddhism.


Holt, Jon.  “Ishii Takashi, Beyond 1979, Ero Gekiga Godfather, GARO Inheritor, or Shojo Manga Artist?,” International Journal of Comic Art, 21:1 (Spring/Summer 2019). 118-142.

Holt, Jon.  “What You See Is What You Get: Visualizing Hypocrisy in Umezu Kazuo’s Manga Cat-Eyed Boy,” ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, 10:2 (2019).

Holt, Jon. "X-Rated and Excessively Long: Ji-Amari in Hayashi Amari's Tanka." U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, 1:53 (2018). 72-95.

Holt, Jon.  “Chocolate Revolutionary: Tawara Machi’s Rule-Breaking Tanka Verses,” Japanese Language and Literature, 52:2 (October 2018). 341-372.

Holt, Jon.  “Literature Short on Time: Modern Moments in Haiku and Tanka”. In The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature. Rachael Hutchinson and Leith Morton, eds. Routledge, 2016. 26-41.

Holt, Jon.  “In a Senchimentaru Mood: Japanese Sentimentalism in Modern Poetry and Art,” Japanese Language and Literature, 48:2 (Oct. 2014). 237-278.

Holt, Jon.  “Peaceful Warrior-Demons in Japan: from Empress Kōmyō’s Red Repentant Asura to Miyazawa Kenji’s Melancholic Blue Asura,” in Living in Peace: Insights from Buddhism, Honolulu: Blue Pine Books, 2013. 111-142.

  • Research Student Course
    Iwate University
  • Ph.D., Japanese
    University of Washington
  • M.A., Japanese
    University of Hawai'i
  • B.A., Japanese and English
    University of Texas at Austin