Rayna Denison
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Personal profile


My research and teaching focus on Japanese and Asian media. Using my background in Japanese Studies, I have made Japanese cinema a central research and teaching focus, writing extensively about contemporary Japanese anime and film. I specialise in local and transnational studies of Asian media industries, particularly investigating aspects of popular cinema and television. I am the author of  Anime: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury, 2015) and co-edited the Eisner Award-nominated Superheroes on World Screens (University of Mississippi, 2015) collection, as well as publishing in a wide range of academic journals including Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Cultural Studies and Velvet Light Trap.  I have an interest in a variety of texts including anime, Japanese cinema, comic book movies and children’s film and television, especially animation.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Research interests - international circulation of film and television texts and cultures. Japanese cinema is a central research focus, and the relationships between the national and the global with reference to American film and television. Interests in a variety of texts including anime, Japanese cinema, comic book movies and children's film and television, especially animation.
Current research projects include: Manga to the Movies, an AHRC Research Council Funded Project Analysing Japanese Media Franchising (January 2011 - 2013).  To find out more information please visit http://www.mangamoviesproject.com/about


Japanese cinema; Anime; comic book films; film sound; US children's film and television.