Assistant Professor . Office: 14N-408 . PBX: 617-253-3068 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Film Theory; Violence and Representation; Embodiment and Affect; Critical Theory; Psychoanalysis and Continental Philosophy; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Her articles have appeared in numerous journals including differences, Camera Obscura, Angelaki, Criticism, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and in anthologies on director Michael Haneke and rape in art cinema. Her first book, The Forms of the Affects (Duke University Press, Spring 2014), interrogates the relationship between form and grief, disgust, nostalgia, anxiety, and joy in film, critical theory, psychoanalysis, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century continental philosophy. Her current project pairs the post-1960 horror film with Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Levinas in order to explore ethics, violence, duration and non-being.
Professor Brinkema’s teaching interests span film theory to literary theory; serialized television to the horror film; formal questions of narrative, color, sound, time, and space to studies of trauma and violence. She is thrilled to be a member of the Literature Section at MIT not least because it keeps her geographically close to her beloved New England Patriots.
In 2012, Professor Brinkema was awarded the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. From 2012-2013, she will be a fellow at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College.
The Forms of the Affects. Duke University Press. (forthcoming March 2014).
“A Mother is a Form of Time: Gilmore Girls and the Elasticity of In-finitude,” Discourse 33 (forthcoming 2012).
“Rough Sex” in At the Limit: Pornography and the Humanities, ed. Tim Dean (forthcoming 2012).
"e.g., Dogtooth," World Picture 7, distance (2012). (Link to http://www.worldpicturejournal.com/WP_7/Brinkema.html)
“Nudity and the Question,” in The Blackwell Companion to Fassbinder, ed. Brigitte Peucker (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
“Critique of Silence,” The Sense of Sound, special issue of differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 22 (2 and 3), ed. Rey Chow and James A. Steintrager (Duke UP, 2011).
“Laura Dern’s Vomit, or, Kant and Derrida in Oz,” Disgust and Spectatorship, special issue of Film-Philosophy 15.2, ed. Tina Kendall (2011). (Link to http://www.film-philosophy.com/index.php/f-p/issue/view/22)
“Burn. Object. If.” World Picture 5 , special issue on sustainability (2011). (Link to "Burn. Object. If." on World Picture Journal)
“Rot’s Progress: Gastronomy According to Peter Greenaway,” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, ed. Ellen Rooney and Elizabeth Weed (Duke UP, 2010).
“How to Do Things with Violences: Benny’s Video,” in The Blackwell Companion to Michael Haneke, ed. Roy Grundmann (Blackwell, 2010), 354-370.
“The Fault Lines of Vision: Rashomon and The Man Who Left His Will on Film,” in Rape in Art Cinema, ed. Dominique Russell (Continuum, 2010), 27-40.
“To Cut, to Split, to Touch, to Eat, as of a Body or a Text: Secretary and Dans ma peau,” Shadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse, special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 14.3, ed. Frida Beckman and Charlie Blake (Routledge, 2009), 131-146.
“Browning. Freak. Woman. Stain.” in The Cinema of Tod Browning: Essays of the Macabre and Grotesque, ed. Bernd Herzogenrath (McFarland, 2008), 158-173.
“Psychoanalytic Bullshit,” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21.1 (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007), 61-79.
“‘Not to scream before or about, but to scream at death’: Haneke’s Horrible Funny Games,” in Caligari’s Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear after 1945, ed. Steffen Hantke (Scarecrow Press, 2007), 145-159.
“A Title Does Not Ask, but Demands That You Make a Choice: On the Otherwise Films of Bruce LaBruce,” Criticism 48.1 (Wayne State University Press, 2006), 95-126.
“Celluloid is Sticky: Sex, Death, Materiality, Metaphysics (in Some Films by Catherine Breillat),” Women: A Cultural Review 17.2 (Routledge, 2006), 147-170.
“Rape and the Rectum: Bersani, Deleuze, Noé,” Camera Obscura 58, 20.1 (Duke University Press, 2005), 33-56.
“Pleasure in/and Perversity: Plaisagir and Liliana Cavani’s Il portiere di notte,” Pleasure, special issue of The Dalhousie Review 84.3 (Dalhousie Press, 2004), 419-439.
21L.011 The Film Experience
21L.012 Forms of Western Narrative
21L.345 On the Screen
21L.435 Literature and Film
21L.706 Studies in Film