David Humphrey

Japanese Program

dhumphrey@berkeley.edu

David Humphrey researches the development of comedy in contemporary Japan, investigating the evolution of new comic genres alongside new media forms. His dissertation project focuses on nonsense comedy forms from the late 1970s onwards; it explores the affective histories these forms mobilize in response to social changes effected through the transition to a so-called ‘soft’ economy and information society. David will be in Japan during the 2011 academic year to pursue research for this project.