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Aaron Gerow <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:25:58 +0900
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Forgive the self promotion, but my new book has just been published  
and is available through your local bookseller:

Aaron Gerow
Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and  
Spectatorship, 1895-1925
University of California Press, 2010
ISBN 978-0520254565

Here's the blurb:

"Japan has done marvelous things with cinema, giving the world the  
likes of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu. But cinema did not arrive in  
Japan fully formed at the end of the nineteenth century, nor was it  
simply adopted into an ages-old culture. Aaron Gerow explores the  
processes by which film was defined, transformed, and adapted during  
its first three decades in Japan. He focuses in particular on how one  
trend in criticism, the Pure Film Movement, changed not only the way  
films were made, but also how they were conceived. Looking closely at  
the work of critics, theorists, intellectuals, benshi artists,  
educators, police, and censors, Gerow finds that this trend  
established a way of thinking about cinema that would reign in Japan  
for much of the twentieth century."

Other information is available on the UC Press website:

There were a lot of people helped with this over the years and I would  
like to reiterate my thanks to them.

Aaron Gerow
Associate Professor
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University
53 Wall Street, Room 316
PO Box 208363
New Haven, CT 06520-8363
Phone: 1-203-432-7082
Fax: 1-203-432-6764
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

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