Thomas LaMarre

Thomas Mark Lamarre (born 1959) is a Canadian academic, author, Japanologist and member of the faculty of McGill University in Montreal.[1]


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.[1]

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.[1]


In addition to teaching, LaMarre is the Major Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of East Asian Studies at McGill.[2] 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)."[1]

Selected worksEdit

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Thomas LaMarre, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly six works in ten publications in one language and 600+ library holding.[3]

  • 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)