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October 12, 2018: Interested in reviewing for New Voices in Japanese Studies? We’ve put together this list of recent Japan-related titles to help you on your way.

Don’t feel limited to these–there are plenty of others out there. You’ll need to give the book a good close read, so choose something that will be helpful for your research as well.

Keep in mind that edited books tend to be wide-ranging in content and are therefore potentially more challenging to review than monographs. If in doubt, ask your supervisor for advice.

We can’t guarantee that we can source every text, but we’ll certainly do our best.


Breaden, Jeremy:
Articulating Asia in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, Partnership and Mobility (2018, Routledge)

Brown, Stephen T.:
Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations (2018, Palgrave)

Dumas, Raechel:
The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture (2018, Palgrave)

Fisch, Michael:
An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network (2018, University of Chicago Press)

Fraser, Lucy:
The Pleasures of Metamorphosis: Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformations of “The Little Mermaid” (Jun 2017, Wayne State University Press)

Horii, Mitsutoshi:
The Category of Religion’ in Contemporary Japan: Shō«kyō and Temple Buddhism (2018, Palgrave)

Jesty, Justin:
Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan (Sep 2018, Cornell University Press)

Kapur, Nick:
Japan at the Crossroads: Conflict and Compromise after Anpo (Aug 2018, Harvard University Press)

Lucken, Michael:
Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts: From Kishida Ryō«sei to Miyazaki Hayao (Mar 2016, Columbia University Press)

Miller, Laura and Rebecca Copeland (eds):
Diva Nation: Female icons from Japanese History (Jun 2018, University of California Press)
→ Reviewed by Rebecca Hausler here (NVJS 11)


Minegishi Cook, Haruko & Janet Shibamoto-Smith (eds):
Japanese at Work: Politeness, Power, and Personae in Japanese Workplace Discourse (2018, Palgrave)

Napier, Susan:
Miyazaki World: A Life in Art (Sep 2018, Yale University Press)

Robertson, Jennifer:
Robo Sapiens Japanicus: Robots, Gender, Family and the Japanese Nation (Nov 2017, University of California Press)

Sone, Yuji:
Japanese Robot Culture: Performance, Imagination and Modernity (Dec 2016, Palgrave)

Stalker, Nancy K.:
Japan: History and Culture from Classical to Cool (Aug 2018, University of California Press)
→ Reviewed by Gwyn McClelland here (NVJS 11)


Stevens, Carolyn:
The Beatles in Japan (Dec 2017, Routledge)

Wong, Dorothy C.:
Buddhist Pilgrim Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style in East Asia, ca. 645-770 (2018, National University of Singapore Press)


Hasegawa, Kenji:
Student Radicalism and the Formation of Postwar Japan (2019, Palgrave)

Ogi, F., R. Suter, K. Nagaike and J. Lent (eds):
Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities (2019, Palgrave)


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