Assistant Professor of Japanese, University of Colorado, Boulder
Professor Shimazaki is a specialist in early modern Japanese literature and theater. Her many academic interests include kabuki theater, early modern prose fiction, ukiyo-e prints, premodern representations of female ghosts, print culture and theatrical ephemera, and the Meiji- and Taishō-period reception of traditional theater. She is currently at work on a book manuscript called “Shades of Jealousy: Tōkaidō Yotsuya kaidan and the Cultural Imagination of Female Ghosts in Early Nineteenth-Century Japanese Theater and Literature” that considers the gray areas of overlap between theatrical and literary culture in early nineteenth-century Edo, focusing in particular on the performative and textual cross-fertilization that takes place in the ubiquitous invocations of the trope of the jealous, vengeful female ghost.
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Wesleyan University
Professor Nakamura’s primary research interests are modern Japanese fantastic fiction and gender theory. She is also interested in the dialogue between science and literature in the prewar era. Her dissertation, titled Monstrous Bodies: Gender and Reproductive Science in Modern Japanese Literature, examined how the classical image of monstrous women came to be modified and developed in the modern period. Recent articles, such as “Marking Bodily Differences: Mechanized Bodies in Hirabayashi Hatsunosuke’s ‘Robot’’’ and “Early Shôwa Robot Literature” concern the fascination with robots in 1920s Japanese literature. She also contributed to the edited volume, Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (2007).