Mayako Murai (Professor, Kanagawa University, Japan)

Mayako Murai profileMayako Murai's latest book, From Dog Bridegroom to Wolf Girl: Contemporary Japanese Fairy-Tale Adaptations in Conversation with the West, was published by Wayne State University Press in 2015.

Her other recent writings appeared in Grimms’ Tales around the Globe (Wayne State University Press, 2014), edited by Vanessa Joosen and Gillian Lathey, and Angela Carter traductrice—Angela Carter en traduction (Centre de Traduction Littéraire, 2014), edited by Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère.

She has in recent times been collaborating with the artist Tomoko Konoike to organise the art project "Storytelling Table Runner" in Japan and Australia since 2014.

Luciana Cardi (Lecturer, Osaka University, Japan)

Luciana Cardi profileLuciana Cardi is a lecturer in Japanese Studies, and Italian language and culture at Osaka University. She received her master’s degree in Japanese Studies at Osaka University of Foreign Languages and obtained a PhD in comparative literature from L’Orientale University of Naples, Italy.

Her research interests include gender studies, contemporary Japanese narrative, and Asian American literature. She is currently researching adaptations of Japanese folktales in American fiction and her project is supported by the "Kakenhi" Fund for Scientific Research, from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Her publications include "A Fool Will Never Be Happy: Kurahashi Yumiko’s Retelling of Snow White" (Marvels & Tales Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, 2013) and "Angela Carter's Postmodern Rewriting of Japan" (Contact Zones: Rewriting Genre across the East-West Border, 2003).