LaMarre was awarded a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1981 at Georgetown University. He continued his studies in science and the Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille II in France, earning a Master's equivalent degree in Oceanology in 1982, and a doctorate equivalent in Oceanology in 1985.
LaMarre then entered a second doctorate program at the University of Chicago, where he earned a master's degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1987. Chicago granted his second doctorate in 1992.
In addition to teaching, LaMarre is the Major Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of East Asian Studies at McGill. His on-going areas of research encompass "an emphasis on new modes of spectatorship (fan cultures), production (cooperatives and multi-authorship), aesthetics (multiplanar images), narrative (myth and epic) and distribution (globalization)."
- Can Writing Go on Without a Mind? Orality, Literacy, Ideography, Japanology (1994)
- Uncovering Heian Japan: an Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription (2000)
- Project Insider (2000)
- Impacts of Modernities (2004)
- Shadows on the Screen: Tanizaki Jun'ichirō on Cinema and "Oriental" Aesthetics (2005)
- The Anime Machine: a Media Theory of Animation (2009)
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