Alex Watson
Joined WSI in May 2016
Alex Watson

Alex Watson is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature and Cultural Theory at the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures at Nagoya University, Japan.

Alex is originally from UK. After completing a DPhil. in English and Related Literature at the University of York and working for University of Edinburgh and several other institutions, he arrived in Tokyo in March 2011. He started his current position at Nagoya in 2016. Having a family in Tokyo, he commutes from Tokyo to Nagoya (340 km trip) a couple of times a week, which is only possible due to with the super-accurate bullet train system in this country.

His first book "Romantic Marginality: Nation and Empire on the Borders of the Page" (London: Routledge, 2012) ( ) examines the annotation of British Romantic-era writers such as William Wordsworth, Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott. Although most readers tend to find footnotes a nuisance, in the hands of these writers, annotation became a crucial location in which they could provoke enemies, call politicians to account and disseminate information about foreign cultures. Examining such margins not only draws our attention to neglected aspects of texts frequently deleted by later editors, but also asks us to reconsider our understanding of the printed book in our current age of hypertext and globalization. In addition to several editorial projects, Alex is now working on his second monograph examining the status of Romantic discourses of ruin in twentieth-century literature charting the Post-War history of Britain via ten exceptional British films.

As a contributor to the Wall Street International, he is interested in documenting the fascinating and bewildering experience of living in Tokyo and in writing pieces that develop (and hopefully combine) his interests in Japanese art and ideas, Romanticism, British Cinema and continental philosophy. You can find more about Alex at .

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