Miryam Sas
Film Studies


Miryam Sas teaches Japanese literature, film, theater, and dance; 20th century literature and critical theory (Japanese, French, English, German); avant-garde and experimental visual and literary arts, with an emphasis on cross-cultural views of the 1920s-1930s and 1960s-1970s arts in Japan; post-Holocaust cultural memory; gender studies; photography and intermedia performance.

She received her PhD in Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures (joint program) from Yale University. Sas is currently core faculty in the graduate group in Performance Studies, Jewish Studies, and the Center for Japanese Studies, and affiliated faculty in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the graduate group in Women, Gender, and Sexuality and in the Group in Asian Studies.

Sas is the author of two books, Experimental Arts in Postwar Japan: Moments of Encounter, Engagement, and Imagined Return (Harvard University Press, released in spring 2011) [preview pdf]; and Fault Lines: Cultural Memory and Japanese Surrealism (Stanford UP, released in 2001).  She has written numerous articles in English, French, and Japanese on subjects such as Japanese futurism, cross-cultural performance, and butoh dance.  She is currently beginning a book project on Japanese experimental film and film theory, and working on articles on pink film and Japanese experimental animation. Awards include grants from the Mellon Foundation, Japan Foundation, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Seikei University Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Sumitomo Foundation, Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies and Arts Research Center. She serves as a reviewer for numerous journals of Asian and Japanese studies, cultural studies, and comparative literature, and for fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. Before moving to Berkeley, she was assistant professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Harvard University.

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