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Christopher Bolton

Contact Information

Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature
Williams College
85 Mission Park Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267
Office Hollander 310
Spring Office Hours Mon 9:30-10:30 and Thurs 11:30-12:30
Office Tel. 413-597-2513
Email cbolton @

Professional Information


I teach comparative and Japanese literature at Williams College, where I have an appointment in the Comparative Literature Program.


My courses include a range of Japanese literature courses in translation, as well as classes on comparative literature and literary theory. In 2016-17 I will be teaching an introduction to comparative literature, a seminar on theories of the sublime, and a survey of premodern Japanese civilization team taught with the history department.

Book Projects

My research interests center on modern Japanese literature, particularly postwar and contemporary fiction and animation. Perhaps because my undergraduate training was in the sciences, I am intrigued by the intersection and interaction between science and literature. In more general terms, I am interested in the fuzzy boundaries of what we call literature, and the ways technology is forcing us to rethink those boundaries. This includes the changing ways aesthetic theories have defined and delineated literature across times and cultures, the status of adaptations and reproductions vis-à-vis "original" works, and the relationship between writing and visual or media culture. Please follow the Book Projects link for a description of my books, or the CV link above for a more detailed list of my publications.


I am exploring visual and digital media not only as objects of analysis but also as vehicles for my own critical work and teaching. My efforts in this area have included a project to build a virtual art museum inside the multi-user online world of Second Life, and a short animated film introducing concepts in poststructuralist literary theory.

Japanese Mac

A popular part of this site is "Japanese for Your Mac," which has information about working with Japanese on a Macintosh.