Department Head, Professor of Japanese Modern Literature and Popular Culture
Associate, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
PhD in Far Eastern Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, 1989
1. The visual and narrative culture of wartime and Occupation era Japan (1930s-1950s), especially prose fiction, magazines for women and children, and kamishibai; the nature and function of propaganda, and the censorship of cultural products.
2. Narratives of the post human in modern Japanese fiction, film, manga and anime; science fiction generally, particularly the queering of ontological boundaries.
3. Postwar women’s fiction in Japan and its engagement with the body; gender, sex, and sexuality generally.
4. Anomalous embodiment in popular culture products in the modern period in Europe, North America, and East Asia.