Head of Japanese Studies in International Studies at Macquarie University, teaching Japanese language, literature and manga related units. PhD in Japanese classical literature.

(See my biography page for more information).


Latest publications:
Japanese Popular Culture and Character Fashioning: The Quest for Subjective Agency in the Animated Films, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Perfect Blue

What constitutes and/or determines one person’s identity and uniqueness in the discourses of Japanese popular culture?

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Cuteness Needed: The New Language/Communication Device In A Global Society

This paper examines the significant role and implication of Japanese ‘cute culture’ in today’s local and global societies as an effective, powerful communication device.

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Names and Perspectives in Sute-Obune: A Meiji-Era Adaptive Translation of the Mary Braddon Mystery Novel, Diavola

An intertextual reading of the Kuroiwa Ruikô translation of a Mary Braddon mystery novel, focusing on factors affecting Ruikô’s choice of Japanese names for characters.

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Another Half and/or Another Individual: Representation of Twins in Manga

This paper examines ‘identical twins’ in girls’ manga, in terms of the fashioning of self and the individual’s quest for subjective agency through their struggles with pressures for social conformity.

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White Wings and Black Wings: Ambiguous Dichotomy in Manga and Anime

This paper will examine the imagery in manga and anime of ‘winged beings’ and question the relevance of the black/white dichotomy.

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I Love you as you are: Marriages between Different Kinds

Comparing Japanese and western representations, this paper discusses the Irui-kon (marriages between different kinds) in contemporary literature, films and manga/anime, in terms of the searching for genuine and equal relationships.

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Performativity of Japanese Laughter

This paper will examine Japanese humoristic verbal discourses manzai (Japanese stand-up comedy performance), paying a particular attention to their performativity.

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Dialogue in Translation: The Nightrunner Series from English to Japanese

This paper will examine the Japanese translations of the Nightrunner fantasy series originally published in English by Lynn Flewelling in order to examine how translation of dialogue can affect characterisation.

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Manga as an Educational Medium

This paper will analyse one of the unexplored genres of manga, educational manga, which informs readers with valuable real-world information while entertaining them.

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Japanese Fireworks (Hanabi): The Ephemeral Nature and Symbolism

This paper will examine the history and cultural significance of Japanese fireworks (hanabi) including a consideration of the ephemeral nature and symbolism

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