May 4: NO CITY: Post-Cinematic and Post-Spatial Utopias in China
A Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University (1997), Professor Yomi Braester’s research focuses on literary and visual practices in modern China and Taiwan—in architecture, advertisement, screen media, and stage arts. He inquires how texts and images form and manipulate our perception of space and history. He is the author of Witness against History: Literature, Film, and Public Discourse in Twentieth-Century China (Stanford UP, 2003) and Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract (Duke UP, 2010), and the co-editor of Cinema at the City’s Edge: Film and Urban Networks in East Asia (with James Tweedie; Hong Kong University Press, 2010). He is a professor in the department of comparative literature and program in cinema studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.