Diane Wei Lewis
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St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
About Diane Wei Lewis
Diane Wei Lewis received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2011. Her research focuses on Japanese film and popular culture, and in particular, early and silent cinema, and the interwar avant-gardes. She is writing a book on representations of the body and the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, a catastrophe that drew increased scrutiny to social instability and new forms of mobility in modernizing Japan. The earthquake decimated Tokyo and sparked mass violence, amplifying a sense of cultural emergency while accelerating the growth of mass culture industries such as film. Beginning with earthquake documentaries and melodramas, and focusing on cinema, the book examines popular representations of over-responsive bodies and bodies under duress—not merely as symptoms of historical trauma and cultural anxiety, but also forms of mastery and pleasure. Prof. Lewis has also taught at the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Harvard University. Additional research interests include landscape and cinema; theory and politics of bodily representation and enactment in visual/performance-based media; melodrama; negative affect; media and sexuality; and theories of film realism.
Japanese cinema; early and silent cinema; film and art movements; theories of play
Translation – Yamamoto Ichiro. “The Jidaigeki Film Genre: Twilight Samurai and Its Contexts.” In The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema. Ed. Daisuke Miyao. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013.
“Media Fantasies: Women, Mobility, and Silent-Era Japanese Ballad Films.” Cinema Journal 52:3 (Spring 2013): 99-119.