Susan J. Napier
Occupation Professor, manga critic
Nationality American
Subjects Japanese literature
Notable work(s) Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke

Dr. Susan Jolliffe Napier is Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin, and a visiting professor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.[1] Napier has since relocated to Tufts University.[2] Napier is also an anime and manga critic.

In 1991 Napier published Escape from the Wasteland: Romanticism and Realism in the Fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo. Her second book, The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity, followed in 1996.[2]

Napier first became interested in manga when a student showed her a copy of Akira. Napier then saw the film, which lead to the creation of her third book, Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation,[1][3] which was revised in 2005.[4] Napier's From Impressionism To Anime: Japan As Fantasy And Fan Cult In The Western Imagination was published in 2007, which discusses anime fandom in greater depth.[5][6]


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  • Napier, Susan J. "Vampires, Psychic Girls, Flying Women and Sailor Scouts". In Martinez, Dolores P. The Worlds of Japanese Popular Culture: Gender, Shifting Boundaries and Global Culture. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521631289. 
  • Napier, Susan J. (2001). "Confronting Master Narratives: History As Vision in Miyazaki Hayao's Cinema of De-assurance". Positions east asia cultures critique 9: 467–493. doi:10.1215/10679847-9-2-467. 
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  • Napier, Susan J (2006). Meet Me on the Other Side:Strategies of Otherness in Modern Japanese literature. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-36185-9.  Text "pages38-55 " ignored (help)
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  • Napier, Susan J. (1996). The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity. London: Routledge. p. 272. ISBN 13: 978-0415124584 Check |isbn= value: invalid character (help). 


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