Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian and Comparative Literary Studies Program
Project: Light from Distant Stars: Film Form and the Idea of Japanese Cinema
"My book project explores the idea of 'Japanese cinema' and its global history. The early chapters will reread landmark film theory texts that relied on (sometimes extravagant) claims about 'Japanese cinema' to develop their influential concepts. The second half of the book analyzes the relationship between a diverse set of films from the mid-1980s that self-consciously explored the legacies of this 'Japanese cinema,' ranging from European art cinema to American cyberpunk and the Taiwanese new wave."