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Jonathan Abel

Former Fellow

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor, Penn State University
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  • Democracy
  • Disaster Management
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Society and Culture

Full Biography

I am the author of Redacted: The Archives of Censorship in Transwar Japan (University of California Press, 2012) and the co-translator of Karatani Kōjin’s Nation and Aesthetics: On Kant and Freud (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Azuma Hiroki’s Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). I also edited a special issue of Japan Forum entitled “Beyond Fukushima: The Ethics of Cultural Production in a Post-disaster Japan” (2015). With Michele Kennerly and Samuel Frederick, I edited Information Keywords a volume on humanistic approaches to the study of information (Columbia University Press, 2021). With Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, I recently edited a special issue of Verge: Studies in Global Asias on “Digital Asias” (University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2021). My book The New Real: Media and Mimesis in Japan from Stereographs to Emoji is forthcoming in 2023 from University of Minnesota Press.

Major Publications

  • “Japanese Twitterature: Global Media, Formal Innovation, Cultural Différance,” Handbook to Modern Japanese Literature (New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • “Big Data,” Futures of Comparative Literature, ed. Ursula K. Heise (New York: Routledge, 2017) 267-270.
  • “Unfolding Digital Asias,” with Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, Special Issue on Digital Asias, Verge: Studies in Global Asias 7:2 Fall 2021, vi-xxii (17 pages).