Junko Yamazaki


BA: UC Santa Barbara (Film Studies, Cognitive Psychology), 2003
MA: University of Chicago (Humanities), 2006

Entered CMS in fall of 2007

A joint PhD program with Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Entry Paper: 

Modernism Interwoven: Aesthetics of Self-Reflexive Play in Dragnet Girl (dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1933)

Research Interests: 

I’m a student in the joint degree program with Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. My research interests include: film theory; spectatorship and audience studies; the reception of modern technology and the intersection of scientific discourses and artistic practices; Japanese cinema and other national cinema; New Wave(s); history of cultural studies in Britain, North America and Japan; queer studies; popular cinema (esp. avant-garde artists’ engagement with it), film genre and star system; sound technologies and auditory cultures in modern Japan (with a strong interest in 1960s Japanese film music); modernism; literary theories and criticism; modernity and historiography; subtitling.


My dissertation attempts to trace the postwar history of the genre, jidaigeki (Japanese period film), in the context of rapidly changing geopolitics, movie-going practices, mediascape and popular culture of the postwar in general, and the rise and fall of radical politics and counterculture of the 1960s in particular.

Email: junko1_at_uchicago.edu