• Marilyn J. Ivy

    Associate Professor
    864 Schermerhorn Extension, Mail Code: 5538, United States
    +1 212 854 4566



    My research has focused most generally on the question of modernity, with particular emphasis on Japan. I approach the anthropology of modernity from several perspectives. One takes its inspiration from critical theory and its varied anatomies of the crises of the modern (most emblematically revealed by fascism). My work on mass media, capitalism, and everyday life is informed by these approaches. Related to my interests in critical theory are my concerns with questions of representation and interpretation opened up by semiotic and post-semiotic protocols of reading and textual analysis. Finally, I am committed to keeping the crucial importance of historical reflection in the forefront of my research, teaching, and ethnographic practice.




    Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan  Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995. (Winner of the Hiromi Arisawa Memorial Award).

    "InterCommunication: Archiving Media Theory in Japan."  In Mark Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten, eds. Media Theory in Japan, Duke University Press, forthcoming.

    "The End of the Line: Tōhoku in the Photographic Imagination," in In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, published to accompany the exhibition by the same title, curated by Anne E. Havinga and Anne Nishimura Morse and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from April 5 to July 12, 2015, pp. 180-195.

    "The Art of Cute Little Things: Nara Yoshitomo's Parapolitics," in Mechademia (The University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

    "Dark Enlightenment: Naitō Masatoshi's Flash."   In Photographies East:  Histories of the Camera  in East and Southeast Asia, ed. by Rosalind Morris (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).

    "Thoughts on Fascism."  In The Culture of Japanese Fascism, ed. by Alan Tansman.  (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).

    "Benedict's Shame." Cabinet, no. 31 (Fall 2008) : 64-68.  

    "Trauma's Two Times: Japanese Wars and Postwars."  Positions: East Asia Culures Critique 16:1 (2008): 153-176.

    "Revenge and Recapitation in Recessionary Japan."  In Japan after Japan: Social and Cultural Life from the Recessionary 1990s to the Present, edited by Tomiko Yoda and Harry Harootunian.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

    "In/comparable Horrors: Total War and the Japanese Thing."  Boundary 2 32:2 (2005):138-149. 

    "Modernity."  In Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism, edited by Donald S. Lopez Jr.  Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.