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Notes on Contributors

Jon Holt

Jon Holt is an associate professor of Japanese at Portland State University. His research interests include modern Japanese poetry, Japanese Buddhism, and manga. Recent publications include: “X-Rated and Excessively Long: Ji-Amari in Hayashi Amari’s Tanka,” (U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal, 2018), “Chocolate Revolutionary: Tawara Machi’s Rule-Breaking Tanka Verses” (Japanese Language and Literature, 2018), “Literature Short on Time: Modern Moments in Haiku and Tanka” (in Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature, 2016) and “Ticket to Salvation: Nichiren Buddhism in Miyazawa Kenji’s ‘Ginga tetsud? no yoru’” (Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 2014).  He has published translations of the poetry of Hayashi Amari (Asymptote web journal, 2015), Yamanokuchi Baku, and Mabuni Choshin (Islands of Resistance: Japanese Literature from Okinawa, 2016). He is currently researching erotic (ero) manga.

Olli Philippe Lautenbacher

Olli Philippe Lautenbacher is University Lecturer in French Translation studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He teaches multimodal communication amongst other translation related courses, and his main research interest is the reception of multimodal documents, the construction of their intrinsic cohesive structures and the role of redundancy as a tool for creating meaning. His publications include a chapter in Subtitling Today: Shapes and Their Meanings. (Perego, E. & Bruti, S., eds, Cambridge scholar publishing 2015) and various articles.

Rui Lopes

Rui Lopes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto de História Contemporânea (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). He has a PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on Cold War politics and culture.

Russell McConnell

Russell McConnell completed his PhD at the University of Western Ontario with a dissertation titled, “Graphic Drama: Shakespeare in the Comics.” He is currently an instructor at the University of Alabama, where he teaches British and American literature, Shakespeare, and comics.

Kai Mikkonen

Kai Mikkonen is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Literature at the University of Helsinki, and a life member of Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge. His main research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century French and British literature, travel writing, graphic narratives, multimodality, and theories of narrative and fiction. He is the author of The Narratology of Comic Art (Routledge, 2017), Narrative Paths: African Travel in Modern Fiction and Nonfiction (Ohio State UP, 2015), Kuva ja sana (Gaudeamus, 2005), The Plot Machine: the French Novel and the Bachelor Machines in the Electric Years 1880-1914 (Rodopi, 2001), and various articles.

Nicholas Wirtz

Nicholas Wirtz arrived at comics studies from an artistic background, having cartooned several comics and illustrated an internationally recognized adaptation of the historical Marseille gaming deck. While his focus has shifted to research, my practical foundations inform his interests in formalism, rhetoric, expressionism, and the histories of alternative modes of communication through comics. He is currently a postbaccalaureate student at Portland State University, and his most recent presentation was on Rodolphe Töpffer at CSU Northridge’s Comics and Visual Culture Conference (2018).

Asuka Yamasaki

Asuka Yamazaki is associate professor of German theater and literature at the College of Commerce, Nihon University, in Japan. Among her publications are “Actors and Their Cosmopolitan Existence,” in Cosmopolitan Imaginings/Kosmopolitische Gedankenwelten (Königshausen & Neumann, 2019), Das deutsche Nationalbewusstsein des 19. Jahrhunderts und Richard Wagners Tristan und Isolde (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013).

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