Deborah Shamoon

Dr Deborah Shamoon

National University of Singapore, Department of Japanese Studies

Contact Details


Department of Japanese Studies

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

Block AS8 Level 5

10 Kent Ridge Crescent

Singapore 117570

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Deborah Shamoon was born and raised in the United States, and completed her MA at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1999 and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 2005, both in modern Japanese literature. Her areas of expertise are Japanese literature, film and popular culture, particularly manga (comics) and animation. She received a Monbusho grant for MA research at Ritsumeikan in 1997, and Japan Foundation Grants for research at Waseda University in 2003 and 2009. Dr. Shamoon’s research focuses on narrative and visual storytelling and representations of girls and young women in Japanese manga, as well as Japanese film and animation. She has also published on the pedagogy of Japanese popular culture including manga in the university classroom.

Research interests: modern Japanese literature and film, Japanese manga (comics) and anime (animation), romance comics, illustration, gender studies, pedagogy of popular culture



Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls’ Culture in Japan. University of Hawai’i Press, 2012.

Teaching Popular Culture. Association for Asian Studies Asia Past and Present Series, 2016. (edited volume with Chris McMorran)

Journal Articles

The Yōkai in the Database: Supernatural Creatures and Folklore in Manga and Anime.” Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. 27.2 (Fall): 2013. 276-289.

Situating the Shōjo in Shōjo Manga.” Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime. Ed. Mark MacWilliams. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2008. 137-154.

Revolutionary Romance: The Rose of Versailles and the Transformation of Shōjo Manga.” Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire fall 2007. 3-17.

Focalization and Narrative Voice in the Novels and Comics of Uchida Shungiku.” The International Journal of Comic Art, vol. 5 no. 1, Spring 2003. 147-160.

Book Chapters

The Superflat Space of Japanese Anime.” Asian Cinema and the Use of Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Edna Lim and Lilian Chee. Routledge Advances in Film Studies, vol. 36. New York: Routledge, 2015, 93-108.

Films on Paper: Cinematic Narrative in Gekiga.” Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World. Ed. Timothy Perper and Martha Cornog. Libraries Unlimited, 2011. 21-36.

Humanity Grows Up: Lacan and the Science Fiction Manga To Terra.” Manga and Philosophy. Ed. Adam Barkman and Josef Steiff. Chicago: Open Court Press, 2010. 149-159 (invited).

Office Sluts and Rebel Flowers: The Pleasures of Japanese Pornographic Comics for Women.” Porn Studies. Ed. Linda Williams. Duke UP, 2004. 77-103.

The Beautiful Men of the Inner Chamber: Gender-Bending, Boys’ Love and Other Shōjo Manga Tropes in Ooku.” Introducing Japanese Popular Culture, ed. Alisa Freedman and Toby Slade. Routledge, forthcoming 2016.

Fire!: Mizuno Hideko and the Development of 1960s Shōjo Manga,” Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media, forthcoming 2017.


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