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Join us for a discussion about the way that fashion, fandom, and self-expression play a role in cultural and community formation with scholars Frenchy Lunning—author of Cosplay: The Fictional Mode of Existence (University of Minnesota Press, Spring, 2022) and Subcultural Fashion: Fetish Style (Bloomsbury, 2013)—and Christopher Bolton—curator of Repro Japan and Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College.
Frenchy Lunning is a Professor Emeritus of Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Design and Cultural Studies. She is the author of two books: Subcultural Fashion: Fetish Style (2013), and Cosplay: The Fictional Mode of Existence (2022) and is working on a third, Revolutionary Girl: Shōjo.
Christopher Bolton is Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College. He is the author of Interpreting Anime (U Minnesota Press, 2018) and has co-edited many volumes of criticism devoted to Japanese popular culture.
The online conversation will be followed by a live Q&A session moderated by Nicholas Liou, Mellon Curatorial Fellow.