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Olin Center 328
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 617-627-2199

Susan Napier
Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric

A.B., Harvard University; Major, East Asian Studies (1977)
A.M, Harvard University; East Asian Languages and Civilizations (1980)
PhD., Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations (1984)

Research Interests
Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga); Modern Japanese literature, popular culture, science fiction and fantasy; contemporary constructions of gender and the body; technology and culture.

Major Publications


Recent Articles

  • "Meet Me on the Other Side: Strategies of Otherness in Modern Japanese Fiction" in Japan and Its Others, ed. Mark Williams (London: Routledge, 2006)
  • "When Godzilla Speaks" in Godzillas Footsteps, ed. William Tsutsui (New York: Palgrave, 2006)
  • "Matter Out of Place: Carnival and Cultural Recovery in Miyazaki Hayaoj's Spritied Away" Journal of Japanese Studies, Winter, 2006

Tedx Talks


  • Professor Napier named "Woman of the Week" by The M Dash, the digital magazine of fashion startup MM.LaFleur. Read more.