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Laura Lee

Published May 2, 2015

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
Japanese Film, Global Cinemas and Visual Culture


Laura Lee (PhD, University of Chicago) specializes in Japanese cinema and visual culture, with emphasis on transnational and intermedial relations. Specific areas of research focus include the visual forms associated with Japanese modernity, avant-garde art practices in the 1960s, contemporary image culture, and popular art and media. Lee’s book Japanese Cinema Between Frames traces how Japanese cinema has been continually reshaped through its dynamic engagement within a shifting media ecology: binding tightly with adjacent visual forms such as anime and manga to redefine itself across its history of interaction with new media, including television, video and digital formats. Her research interests also include film theory and aesthetics, issues in global cinema studies, and animation and new media history and theory.

Teaching Areas

Contemporary Japanese Literature
Japanese Animation
Japanese Film and Culture
Japanese Manga
Modern Japanese Literature
Japanese Popular Culture
Contemporary Japanese Culture
Cinema Gone Global
Advanced Japanese Research