Raechel Dumas

Raechel Dumas

Associate Professor
Office: AL 561
Email: [email protected]


Ph.D. in Japanese, University of Colorado at Boulder, (2015)

M.A. in Japanese, University of Colorado (2011)

M.A. in Humanities, Florida State University (2009)

M.A. in English, Florida State University (2004)

Raechel Dumas is a specialist in modern Japan, with an emphasis in the histories of literature and visual culture. Her research focuses on contemporary Japanese fiction, film, television, and video games, and especially the gender and sexual politics of dark genres including horror, crime fiction, and science fiction. Her other interests include comparative horror studies; global trauma narratives; the gender politics of true crime media; science and literature; and feminist, psychoanaytic, and affect theories.

Dr. Dumas is the author of The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), which explores the role of female monsters in Japanese fiction, manga, film, and video games produced from the 1980s through the new millennium. With attention to its diverse iterations and deep ambivalence, she argues that this enduring trope indexes patriarchal anxieties centered on shifting configurations of subjectivity and nationhood while also elaborating novel possibilities for identity negotiation and social formation in a period marked by dramatic socio-cultural change.

Articles by Dr. Dumas have appeared in the Journal of Popular Culture, Extrapolation, Science Fiction Studies, Supernatural Studies, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and South Atlantic Review. She is presently working on her second book, which examines how English-language television series including Twin Peaks, Stranger Things, Westworld, and Riverdale navigate the paradox of traumatic representation to engage both historic and quotidian violence.


The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Journal Articles

“‘At its Heart, a Haunted Town’: Patriarchal Violence, Female Resistance, and Post-Trauma in Riverdale.” Revenant, 8 (2022): 82-115.

“‘She Was Raised on Blood’: Technological Anxieties, Animal Intimacies, and Evolutionary Impulses in Marebito.” English Language Notes, 59.2 (2021): 121-35.

“‘It is Happening Again’: Traumatic Memory, Affective Renewal, and Deferred Resolution in Twin Peaks: The Return.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 36.4 (2019): 327-43.

“Viral Affects and Economies of Desire in Hirotaka Tobi’s ‘Autogenic Dreaming.’” Extrapolation, 60.1 (2019): 23-42.

“Atsumenia: Strategic Accumulation and Networks of Desire in Collection-Based Smartphone Games.” The Journal of Popular Culture, 52.2 (2019): 373-94.

“Monstrous Motherhood and Evolutionary Horror in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction.” Science Fiction Studies, 45.1 (2018): 24-47.

“Ghosts in the Machine: Spectral Technologies, Haunting Affects, and Virtual-Feminine Ghosts.” Supernatural Studies, 3.2 (2017): 49-63.

“Toward an Ethos of Relationality: Radical Eroticism and Collective Becoming in Ueda Sayuri’s Zeusu no ori.” Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 15.3 (2015).

“Historicizing Japan’s Abject Femininity: Reading Women’s Bodies in Nihon ryōiki.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 40.2 (2013): 247-75.

“Domesticity, Criminality, and Part-Time Work: Female Bodily Economy in Kirino Natsuo’s Auto.” Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 13.3 (2013).

“The Aesthetics of Transcendence: Nakahara Chūya and the Poetics of Japanese Modernity.” South Atlantic Review, 76.4 (2011): 155-69.