Akira LippitProfessor of Cinematic Arts, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Phone: (213) 740-8508
Office: THH 376
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Akira Mizuta Lippit teaches in the Departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures in the USC Dornsife College, and in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he has served since 2009 as Chair of Critical Studies. His interests are in world cinemas, critical theory, Japanese film and culture, experimental film and video, and visual studies. Lippit's published work reflects these areas and includes three books, Atomic Light (Shadow Optics) (2005) and Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife (2000), and most recently, Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video (2012). At present, Lippit is completing one book on contemporary Japanese cinema, which looks at the relationship of late-twentieth and early twenty-first century Japanese culture to the concept of the world, and another on David Lynch’s baroque alphabetics.
History and theory of cinema, Japanese film and culture, experimental film and video, critical and literary theory, visual culture
- Lippit, A. M. (2012). Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video. University of California Press.
- Lippit, A. M. (2005). Atomic Light (Shadow Optics). University of Minnesota Press.
- Lippit, A. M. (2000). Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife. University of Minnesota Press.