Skip Navigation
*To search for student contact information, login to FlashLine and choose the "Directory" icon in the FlashLine masthead (blue bar).

Profile Detail

Yoshinobu Hakutani

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1965

Since coming to Kent State in 1968, he has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature, African American literature, and linguistics.  He has directed doctoral dissertations on American writers, including Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Dreiser, Faulkner, Wright, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Ishmael Reed, Charles Johnson, Colson Whitehead, and some Chinese and Chinese American novelists. He has been a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and Browns. His hobbies also include playing tennis.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


  • Haiku and Modernist Poetics.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.  Recipient of the Haiku Society of America’s Mildred Kanteman Memorial Book Award, 2010.
  • Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Modernism.  Ohio State UP, 2006.
  • Richard Wright and Racial Discourse.  U of Missouri P, 1996.
  • Young Dreiser: A Critical Study.  Fairleigh Dickinson UP / Associated UPs, 1980.


  • Theodor Dreiser’s Uncollected Magazine Articles, 1897-1902.  U of Delaware P / Associated UPs, 2003.
  • Art, Music, and Literature, 1897-1902, by Theodore Dreiser.  U of Illinois P, 2001 / reprint/paperback, 2007.
  • Haiku: This Other World  by Richard Wright, ed. with Robert L. Tener.  Arcade, 1998 / reprint/paperback, Random House, 2000.  Haiku: Kono Bessekai, trans. Japanese, Toru Kiuchi and Michiko Watanabe. Tokyo: Sairyusha, 2007. The Academy of American Poets’ nomination as the top selection for the 1999 National Poetry Month.
  • Selected English Writings of Yone Noguchi: An East-West Literary Assimilation.  Vol. 1: Poetry, vol. 2: Prose.  Fairleigh Dickinson UP / Associated UPs, 1990, 1992.
  • Selected Magazine Articles of Theodore Dreiser: Life and Art in the American 1890s.  2 vols.  Fairleigh Dickinson UP / Associated UPs, 1985, 1987.  Recipient of a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award, 1988.
Research Areas
  • American literature
  • African American literature
  • Cross-cultural studies
Yoshinobu Hakutani
Department of English
202d Satterfield Hall
Phone: 330-672-1724
Spring 2015
  • ENG 31001 - 001 Fundamental English Grammar
  • ENG 39295 - 001 St : Haiku
  • ENG 89199 - 001 Dissertation I
Summer 2015
  • ENG 89299 - 010 Dissertation Ii
Fall 2015
  • ENG 31001 - 001 Fundamental English Grammar
  • ENG 33002 - 001 U . S . Lit From 1865 To 1945