Ian Littlewood

Professional Summary


Since leaving Oxford, I have spent my time teaching at universities and writing books. After two years at the University of Provence in France, I took a permanent job teaching English in the School of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. I was based there until 2005 when I went to Japan as a Visiting Professor at Seijo University in Tokyo. I am now living in Kyoto.


I was educated at St Edward’s School, Oxford, and went on from there with an open scholarship to study English at St. John’s College, Oxford University.

Academic Qualifications

BA in English Language and Literature (First Class), Oxford University

MA in English, Oxford University

MPhil in Comparative English and French Literature, Oxford University

PhD in English, Sussex University

Teaching Experience

For most of my working life I was a tenured faculty member of the English Department at the University of Sussex. I have also taught as a lecteur at the University of Provence in France and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado in the USA, at Bangkok University in Thailand, and at Aoyama Gakuin and Seijo Universities in Tokyo.


I have written eight books and edited others. If you’re curious, you can find out something about the books and read a few extracts by clicking on Books. One of them, The Idea of Japan, is a book about the history of western attitudes to Japan and the Japanese.