Claire Maree is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. Claire's key expertise lies in the linguistic analysis of identity and the mediatisation of language styles. The key themes of her current research are a) the reproduction, negotiation and contestation of identities in language, and b) the interconnection of gender and sexuality in everyday language practices. Claire's third monograph, queerqueen: Linguistic Excess in Japanese Media. (2020, Oxford University Press) examines the editing and writing of queer excess into Japanese popular culture through mediatization of queerqueen styles. The book illustrates how a diversity of gender identifications, sexual orientations, and discursive styles are packaged together as if to form a homogenous character—the queerqueen. In a range of genres from conversational dialogue books to lifestyle television and animations, queerqueen styles are configured as crossing into popular media via the body of the authentically “queer male” whose “authentic” speech is produced spontaneously without scripting. Claire also contributes to the area of language education. She has extensive experience in the study of contemporary Japanese culture/society. She is actively involved in Queer Studies and qualitative approaches to language, gender and sexuality.
Claire is currently collaborating on "Thirty Years of Talk: A Panel Study of Kobe Women's Interview Discourse", with Prof. Kaori Okano, Dr Ikuko Nakane, Dr Shimako Iwasaki, Dr Lidia Tanaka & Dr Chie Takagi. This project investigates women’s life transitions and language use over 30 years, and is funded by an ARC-DP.
Claire is VP/President-Elect, International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) and Review Editor (Books) Culture, Gender and Sexuality for the Asian Studies Review
. She is on the Editorial Board of Gender and Language (Equinox)