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Assistant Professor

Naoki Yamamoto

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On research leave 2018-2019

Biography

Naoki Yamamoto specializes in film theory, Asian cinema, Marxist criticism, documentary films, avant-garde art, post-colonial studies, and Japanese cultural history. His first book Dialectics without Synthesis: Realism, Film Theory, and Japanese offers a new platform for transnational historiographies of film and media theory by examining the previously neglected work of Japanese thinkers who strove to theorize cinema’s unprecedented ability to alter the very notion of the real, its penetrating power to mediate between the masses and their everyday life, in the first half of the twentieth century. He has published widely in both English and Japanese, covering topics such as the reception of early American cinema in 1910s Japan, wartime Japanese-German film co-productions, Japanese New Wave filmmakers of the 1960s, and recent Hollywood blockbuster films. He is also completing an anthology on media theory and practices in postwar Japan, co-edited with Toba Kōji (Waseda University).

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Education

  • Ph.D. Film Studies, East Asian Languages and LiteratureYale University
  • M.A. Film Studies, East Asian Languages and LiteraturesYale University
  • M.A. Art Studies Meiji Gakuin University
  • B.A. Art Studies Meiji Gakuin University

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