R. John Williams

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Associate Professor of English and of Film Studies
63 High St, New Haven, CT 06511-6642
+1 (203) 432-2237


My research and teaching focus on the intersections between international histories of technological innovation and the perceived difference of racial and cultural otherness.  My current book project, “Technology and the Meeting of East and West,” examines the role of technological discourse in representations of Asian/American aesthetics in late-nineteenth and twentieth century film and literature. I argue that insofar as Anglo American modernism based its aesthetic innovations on a range of new technologies, it did so by throwing into question the relation of these technologies to the cultural traditions from which it seemed to break. It is from this vantage that Asia signaled both the perilous transnationalization of Western technologies as well as an especially therapeutic and non-alienated relation between technê and the environment.


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, 2008
M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, 2002
M.A. English Literature, Utah State University, 2001
B.A. Brigham Young University, 1997