Popular Japanese Fictions

This project invites a text-based study that will explore Japanese literature and popular culture products in 21st century Japan.

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

In the 1970s, shojo manga was described by critics as being 'more literary than literature.' Over the past 50 years, the link between popular cultural products and literature has only grown more intertwined in Japan and Japanese. From the bright panels of anime and manga to the gritty prize-winning literature written by Japanese women authors, this project invites a contemporary look at Japanese textual products and literary culture. The successful applicant's work will be grounded in the text with a focus on word and language – here 'text' is with broad definition to include literature, novels, light novels, anime, manga, film, textiles, cosplay, drama CDs, theatre etc.

This project is designed for applicants with a background in Japanese language studies or Asian studies. The project could examine aspects of Japanese literature and popular culture through a close reading of Japanese literary works including anime and manga, through a Japanese>English translation project, or through a study of screen media such as cinema or television. It will be developed with the candidate in a manner that reflects their particular background and interests. Candidates will be supported by experts working in literature, material culture, gender studies, translation, and popular culture.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Emerald King


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background in Japanese language and culture studies or related degree

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Emerald King to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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