Jonathan E. Abel is 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). He is also editor of a special issue of Japan Forum entitled “Beyond Fukushima: The Ethics of Cultural Production in a Post-disaster Japan” (2015). He is currently working on a book called The New Real: Media, Marketing, and Mimesis made in Japan.
Abel’s teaching and scholarly interests include global modernism, literary reception, translation studies, and literary and cultural theory. He is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese Studies at Penn State University and the Co-Director of Global and International Studies at Penn State.