Name: Jeffrey Dym
Title: Professor of History
Office Location: Tahoe 3088
Mailing Address: 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6059
Office Hours: Tuesdays 8:30-10:00; Wednesdays 11:00-12:00; Thursdays 8:30-10:00; and by appointment
Courses That I Teach
- History 6: Asian Civilizations MW 1:30-2:45; Mendocino 1003 syllabus - PDF
- History 146B: Modern Japan, 1800-present TR 10:30-11:45; Brighton 214 syllabus - PDF
- History 146C: The History of Manga TR 1:30-2:45; Brighton 218 syllabus - PDF
- Asia 140/History 140: Modern East Asian Cinema (GE Writing Intensive and ONLINE!!!)
- History 6: Asian Civilizations (TR 9:00-10:15)
- History 146A: Cultural History of Japan to 1800 (MW 1:30-2:45)
- History 146C: The History of Manga (TR 12:00-1:15)
- ON SABBATICAL
- Asia 140/History 140: Modern East Asian Cinema (GE: Writing Intensive) syllabus - PDF
- Asia 198: Seminar: Asia in the World Today
- History 6: Asian Civilizations (GE C) syllabus - PDF
- History 50: World Civilizations (GE C) syllabus - PDF
- History 146A: Cultural History of Japan to 1800 (GE C) syllabus - PDF
- History 146B: Modern Japan, 1800-present (GE D) syllabus - PDF
- History 146C: The History of Manga (GE C) syllabus - PDF
- History 192C: Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History syllabus - PDF
- History 280A: Graduate Reading Seminar: syllabus - PDF
- HRS 174: Modern Japanese Literature and Culture (GE C) syllabus - PDF
Benshi, Japanese Silent Film Narrators, and Their Forgotten Narrative Art of Setsumei: A History of Japanese Silent Film Narration. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003.
"Tokugawa Musei: A Portrait Sketch of One of Japan's Greatest Narrative Artists." In In Praise of Film Studies: Essays and Translations in Honor of Makino Mamoru, edited by Aaron Gerow and Abe Markus Nornes. Yokohama: Kinema Club, 2001.
Gold Medal, International Movie Awards, 2014.
During the silent film era, roughly 1894-1930s, Japanese silent movies were never silent. In addition to live musical accompaniment, they always had a narrator (benshi, setsumeisha) or a group of narrators accompany the film with running commentary and dialog (setsumei). If you would like to hear what Japanese silent film narration, or even Japanese silent film music, sounded like, then check out my YouTube channel of my 78RPM record collection of Japanese silent film narration. DymSensei’s 78 RPMs (SP盤)映画説明レコード Silent Film Narration Records
Heritage Politics: Shuri Castle and Okinawa’s Incorporation into Modern Japan, 1879-2000, by Tze May Loo. In The Public Historian 37.3 (2015): 146-148.
Nuclear Apartheid: The Quest for American Atomic Supremacy from World War II to the Present, by Shane J. Maddock. In Canadian Journal of History 46 (Autumn 2011).
North Korea Kidnapped My Daughter, by Yokota Sakie. In North Korean Review 6.1 (2010).
The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanse Modernity, by Catherine Russell. In Pacific Affairs 82:3 (Winter 2009/2010): 726-727.
Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization, by Ian Condry. In Canadian Journal of History 42 (Winter 2007): 581-583.
Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture: An Illustrated Sourcebook, edited by Stephen Addiss, Gerald Groemer, and J. Thomas Rimer. In Education About Asia 12:3 (2007): 71.
Tolerance, Suspicion, and Hostility: Changing U.S. Attitudes toward the Japanese Communist Movement, 1944-1977, by Henry Oinas-Kukkonen. In American Communist History 4:1 (2005).
Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan, by Frederik L. Schodt. In Canadian Journal of History 39 (August 2004): 446-448.
The Human Tradition in Modern Japan, edited by Anne Walthall. In Journal of World History 15: 1 (March 2004): 99-101.
Japan: A Modern History, by James L. McClain. In The Historian 65: 5 (Winter 2003): 1214-1215.
Wonju: The Gettysburg of the Korean War, by J. D. Coleman. In The Historian 64: 3 & 4 (Spring and Summer 2002): 787-788.
Writing in Light: The Silent Scenario and the Japanese Pure Film Movement, by Joanne Bernardi. In Monumenta Nipponica, 56:3 (Autumn 2001): 430-432.
Ph.D. History - University of Hawaii
M.A. Asian Studies - University of Michigan
B.A. East Asian Studies - Colby College
Research Scholar - Kyoto Gakuen Daigaku
Research Student - Waseda University