Laurel Foote-Hudson began her career as a graduate student in the PhD program in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 2009. Her current research and project interests have been influenced by her exposure to both Spanish and Japanese languages and literature and her interest in the tropes perpetuated by popular culture. Over the past few years, she has used a comparative research approach in order to better reflect an ongoing interest in the genres of Golden Age Spanish Theater and 17th Century Kabuki and travelogue in Spain and Japan; she believes that both media are captivating tools for exploring tropes depicting the performance of the foreign “other” in modern popular media. Framing both of these genres within their respective literary and cultural contexts is her growing interest in modern Adaptation Theory. She plans to rely on this emerging theoretical basis as a way to explore the multi-faceted production of “soft power” and the literary legacy of Japan (as the re-branded “East”) and Spain (the former “West”).