Ben Whaley, BA (Hons.), MA, PhD

PhD in Asian Studies: Modern Japanese Literature and Popular Culture Department of Asian Studies The University of British Columbia
MA in Asian Studies: Modern Japanese Literature and Popular Culture Department of Asian Studies The University of British Columbia
B.A. in Japanese (Departmental Honors and Distinction)Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Stanford University

Ben Whaley

Areas of Research

Modern Japanese Literature
Postwar and contemporary Japanese literature with an emphasis on literature of trauma and works written by minority writers.
Manga and Anime Studies
Discourses of race, ethnicity, and national identity, and their representations, in postwar manga (Japanese print comics) and Japanese pop culture more generally. Jewish identity and narratives of the Holocaust in manga. The oeuvre of Japan’s “God of Manga” Dr. Tezuka Osamu.
Videogame Studies
Japanese videogames and social issues. Racialization and gaming. The relationship between games and trauma and recovery.
Music
Digital and videogame music and related technologies, including experiential music videogames in Japan, vocaloid synthesizers and chiptunes, and music composition more broadly.

Supervising degrees

Languages, Literatures and Cultures Masters: Accepting Inquiries

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