Richard Davis

Research Interests: 

I study pre-1945 Japanese cinema, and the relationships between aesthetic and industrial practices (genre, advertising, transmedia) on the one hand, and discourse on modernity, nation, history, and age/gender/sexuality on the other. I’m also interested in theories of perception and spectatorship, both global and specific to urban mass culture of the 20s and 30s. My dissertation explores a little-known corpus of Japanese musical films made between 1931 and 1945, with an emphasis on cultural flows, parody, censorship, affect and embodiment, and the meaning of music.


Wit and Worldplay: The Japanese Wartime Musical Film, 1931-1945