My research has focused most generally on the question of modernity,
with particular emphasis on Japan. I approach the anthropology of modernity
from several perspectives. One takes its inspiration from critical theory and
its varied anatomies of the crises of the modern (most emblematically revealed
by fascism). My work on mass media, capitalism, and everyday life is informed
by these approaches. Related to my interests in critical theory are my concerns
with questions of representation and interpretation opened up by semiotic and
post-semiotic protocols of reading and textual analysis. Finally, I am
committed to keeping the crucial importance of historical reflection in the
forefront of my research, teaching, and ethnographic practice.
Ivy, Marilyn. 1998. “Mourning the Japanese Thing,” in Nicholas B. Dirks,
ed., In Near Ruins: Cultural Theory of the End of the Century.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Ivy, Marilyn. 1996. “Tracking the Mystery Man with the 21 Faces.” Critical
Ivy, Marilyn. 1996. “Ghostlier Demarcations: Textual Fantasy and the
Origins of Japanese Nativist Ethnology.” In Culture and Contexture: Readings
in Anthropology and Literary Study, edited by E. Valentine Daniel and
Jeffrey M. Peck, 296-322. Berkeley: The University of California Press.
Ivy, Marilyn. 1995. Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm,
Japan. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Ivy, Marilyn. 1993. “Have You Seen Me?: Recovering the Inner Child in
Late Twentieth-Century America.” Social Text, no. 37:227-252.
Ivy, Marilyn. 1989. “Critical Texts, Mass Artifacts: The Consumption of
Knowledge in Postmodern Japan.” In Postmodernism and Japan, edited by
H.D. Harootunian and Masao Miyoshi, 21-46. Durham and London: Duke University