Assistant Professor KOPYLOVA Olga

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My main line of interest lies at the intersection of media studies and adaptation studies. The latter field of research, which has remained obscure in Japan for a long time, is concerned with various transitions of content (fictional and non-fictional, narrativized or not) between media, authors and copyright owners, historical periods, cultural backgrounds, and national borders. My own research focuses on adaptation practices employed in Japanese media mixes, as well as on the relations between media mix and the broader category of fiction-based transmedia franchises popular in the West. Analysis of transmedia fiction requires a multifaceted approach: medium specificity must always be taken into account, but equally important are such factors as the context of production, influence of target audience, power relationships between producers and consumers, etc. At the same time, my educational background and personal interests warrant my focus on the texts themselves, as I seek to incorporate narrative theory and translation studies into my research and outline how media mix can be read as a text (rather than erratic and profit-motivated proliferation of content).

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Studies of Japanese Culture (Advanced Lecture) I / II
    Studies of Japanese Culture (Special Lecture) I / II
    Personal History
    2004 Finished Ust-Ilimsk Experimental Lyceum (Russia).

    2009 Received a BA in translation and translation studies (with honors) at the Department of Oriental Languages, Irkutsk State Linguistic University (Russia). Major in English and Japanese, minor in linguistics.

    2010 Guest researcher at the Department of International Cultural Studies, Utsunomiya University.

    2013 Received an MA in international studies at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Utsunomiya University.

    2016 Received a Ph.D. in manga studies at the Graduate School of Manga, Kyoto Seika University.

    March 2017 Appointed to current position
    Ph.D. (Arts)
    Comparative media studies; global manga-anime fandom; modern and contemporary Japan; adaptation studies; narratology of popular media texts
    Research Subject
    Transmedia storytelling (as well as similar development of other types of content) within popular culture, its specifics and potential;
    Fan culture, international fandom, and fiction-based transmedia projects;
    Media mix as a specific type of transmedia franchise
    Narratology; media mix; transmedia content development; adaptation; transmedia storytelling
    The Japan Society for Studies in Cartoons and Comics
  • Academic Papers
    Doctoral thesis:
    "Media Mix as Adaptation: With Maeda Mahiro's Gankutsuō as an Example," Kyoto Seika University, 2015

    「アダプテーション論から見たメディアミックス:前田の『巌窟王』を例に」、京都精華大学紀要 第45号、2014、25-47
    "Трансформация стиля манги на примере адаптаций романа "Граф Монте-Кристо"" ("The Historical Transformations of Manga Style (with manga adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo as an example)") (『日露マンガ研究』(Исследования манги в Японии и России), Ed. Potyomkina Julia, Comics Factory, 2017, 54-105 (in Russian)
    MEXT Research Student Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. Utsunomiya, Kyoto.
    April 2010-March 2016