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Dr Emerald L King is a literary scholar and cosplayer with a background in Japanese literature and popular culture.

She studied in Australia and Japan before receiving her PhD on masochism in Japanese women’s literature from the University of Tasmania in 2012. From 2013-2018 she worked at Victoria University of Wellington and was appointed head of Japanese in 2016. In 2017 she was a visiting researcher at UTAS before taking up a position at La Trobe University in Australia. As of midyear 2021, she is a Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Tasmania.

Her research interests include violence in text; masochistic theory; kimono in Japanese literature; costume representation in anime and manga; and cosplay in Japan and Australasia.

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