Cazdyn, Eric

Eric Cazdyn
(Ph.D., UC San Diego)Photo of Professor Eric Cazdyn.

Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics
Department of East Asian Studies &
Centre for Comparative Literature
Office Phone: 416-585-4443
Office Location: Northrop Frye Hall 324
E-mail: e[dot]cazdyn[at]utoronto[dot]ca

Eric Cazdyn is Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics at the University of Toronto (Centre for Comparative Literature and Department of East Asian Studies) where he teaches courses on modern Japan, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, Marx and Marxism, illness, film and video, architecture, and modern literature. He is the author of the following books: The Already Dead (Duke, 2012), After Globalization (with Imre Szeman, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), The Flash of Capital (Duke, 2002); and editor of Trespasses: Selected Writings of Masao Miyoshi (Duke, 2010) and Disastrous Consequences (SAQ, 2007). His most recent book, Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism  (with Marcus Boon and Timothy Morton) will be published in 2015 by The University of Chicago Press.  Eric Cazdyn is also a filmmaker.

Research Fields:

  • Critical and cultural theory, aesthetics and politics, Japanese film and modern Japanese literature, globalization, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and medical culture.

Academic Background:

  • MA in Comparative Literature, University of California, San Diego.
  • PhD in Literature, University of California, San Diego.


  • Recent articles have been published in Modern Language Quarterly, South Atlantic Quarterly, Social Text, Japan Forum, Alphabet City, Prefix, and the Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies.
  • Major works include:
    -Cazdyn, Eric, The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture and Illness. Duke: Duke UP, 2012.
    -Cazdyn, Eric, and Imre Szeman. Something’s Missing: Seven Theses After Globalization. Blackwell, 2011.
    -Miyoshi, Masao and Eric Cazdyn. Trespasses: Selected Writings of Masao Miyoshi. Duke: Duke UP, 2010.
    -Cazdyn, Eric., ed. Disastrous Consequences (The South Atlantic Quaterly). Duke: Duke UP, 2007.
    -Cazdyn, Eric. The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan. Duke: Duke UP, 2002.


  • Globalization and Culture, The Japanese Cinemas: Film Form and the Problems of Modernity;
  • Japanese Literature and the Nation; On Comparativity and Crisis.