Associate Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature, Chair of Comparative Literature Program, Williams College
Professor Bolton’s research interests center on modern Japanese literature, particularly postwar and contemporary fiction and animation. He is intrigued by the intersection and interaction between science and literature and the ways technology forces us to rethink the “fuzzy boundaries” of literature. He is the author of Sublime Voices: The Fictional Science and Scientific Fiction of Abe Kōbō (Harvard Asia Center, 2009) and co-editor of Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).
Professor of Asian Studies and Women’s Studies, University of British Columbia
Professor Orbaugh is a specialist in modern Japanese literature and cultural studies. Her research addresses issues of race, gender, sexuality and visuality in Japanese fiction and film, as well as popular culture media such as manga and anime. She is the author of “Sex and the Single Cyborg: Japanese Popular Culture Experiments in Subjectivity,” “The Genealogy of the Japanese Cyborg,” and other studies of popular culture. She is also the author of Japanese Fiction of the Allied Occupation: Vision, Embodiment, and Identity (2007). And more recently she has been working on the art of the “paper theater” or Kamishibai as entertainment and propaganda.