A future of comparative film studies

Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto*

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Paul Willemen proposes the concept of comparative film studies, as an immanent critique of film studies, as an academic discipline-in the development of which the US has played a central role. Is comparative film studies equally relevant for film scholars working outside Euro-American academia? To what extent can the idea of comparative film studies play the similarly critical function in the non-Euro-American context? This essay is an attempt to answer these questions, not necessarily by closely explicating what Willemen means by comparative film studies but by re-interpreting or even "misreading" this concept while at the same time trying to remain faithful to the radical spirit of his argument. Using the state of film scholarship in Japan as an example, the essay explores various implications of comparative film studies for academics situated in the place where the discipline of film studies is not firmly established. It particularly focuses on the connections between the global hegemony of US-centered film studies and the significance of English as a privileged medium of scholarly output, and then speculates on how the subversion of this hegemony can be articulated to the re-interpreted notion of comparative film studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 1


  • Film studies
  • discipline
  • globalization
  • national cinema
  • university
  • world cinema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies


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