Aaron Gerow

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A. Whitney Griswold Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures and Film & Media Studies
320 York Street, Humanities Quadrangle, Room 108, New Haven, CT 06511

A.B., Columbia University, 1985
M.F.A., Columbia University, 1987
M.A., University of Iowa, 1991
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1996

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Aaron Gerow is A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Film and Media Studies and of East Asian Languages and Literatures. He specializes in East Asian film and media, teaching courses in Japanese and East Asian film, world animation, film genre (documentary, martial arts film, comedy), Japanese film theory, historiography, television, and cultural and media theory, Japanese literature, and Japanese popular culture. He has published widely on a variety of topics in East Asian cinema, media, and popular culture, ranging from silent to contemporary cinema, from TV commercials to wartime and colonial film culture. His publications include Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (University of California Press), A Page of Madness: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Japan (Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan), and Kitano Takeshi (British Film Institute). He also co-authored the Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies with Abe Mark Nornes (Center for Japanese Studies), which came out in Japanese translation in 2016. He has recently supervised the reprints of a number of prewar Japanese film theory journals for Yumani Shobo. Before coming to Yale in 2004, he spent nearly 12 years in Japan, where he was an associate professor at Yokohama National University, in addition to teaching at Meiji Gakuin University and working for a time as a coordinator at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. He is currently writing about the history of Japanese film theory.

Area of Interest

Japanese film and literature, film theory, television, animation, manga, film genre, East Asian cinema

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