Olin Center 328
Medford, MA 02155
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)
- History and theory of animation
- Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga)
- Modern Japanese literature
- Popular culture, especially science fiction and fantasy
- Contemporary constructions of gender and the body
- Technology and culture
- Fan culture
- Representations of trauma and loss
- Miyazakiworld. Yale
University Press, 2018. (To be translated into Chinese, Russian,
Arabic and Japanese, 2019-2020)
From Impressionism to
Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Western Imagination. New
York: Palgrave, December, 2007.
Anime from Akira to
Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Japanese Animation, New York: St.
Martins Press, 2001. (revised edition, Anime from Akira to Howl’s
Moving Castle 2005). Japanese edition from Chuo Koronsha, 2003,
(げんだい日本のアニメ）Korean edition, 2004.
The Subversion of
Modernity: The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature, London:
Escape from the
Wasteland: Romanticism and Realism in the Works of Mishima Yukio and Oe
Kenzaburo, Cambridge: Harvard University East Asia Series, 1991.
- "An Anorexic in Miyazaki’s Land of Cockaigne: Excess and Abnegation in Spirited Away.”
In Consuming Japan, ed. Nancy Stalker. Oxford: Oxford University
- "Animating Japan: The Fantasy Films of Studio Ghibli,” in "Fantasy/ Animation:
Connections Between Media, Modes and Genre, eds. Holliday and Sargent,
London: Routledge, 2018.
- "Where Shall We Adventure? Robert Louis Stevenson Meets ayao Miyazaki.” In Roger Louis, ed.
Effervescent Britania. London: I.B. Tauris, 2018.
- "Mishima and Miyazaki: The Sea of Fertility Meets the Sea of Corruption.” (in Japanese)
- Proceedings from the Tokyo University Symposium on Yukio Mishima, Summer, 2016.
- "Not Always Happily Ever After: Japanese Fairy Tales in Cinema and Animation.” In
Fairy Tale Films Beyond Disney, ed. Jack Zipes, London: Routledge, 2015.
- Professor Napier named "Woman of the Week" by The M Dash, the digital magazine of fashion startup MM.LaFleur.