Elena Gorfinkel

Elena Gorfinkel

Assistant Professor

Office: Mitchell 147D
Phone: (414) 229-2723
e-mail: gorfinke@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: pdf


Ph.D., New York University, Cinema Studies, 2008
M.A., New York University, Cinema Studies, 1999
B.A., Hofstra University, Humanities, 1995

Research & Teaching Interests:

film history & historiography; 1960s cinema; marginal, cult and independent cinemas; global art cinema; gender and sexuality studies; women's filmmaking practice; film reception, spectatorship and exhibition; space, place and geography; cinephilia and film criticism; film aesthetics; temporality, affect, embodiment & the senses

Courses Taught:

ArtHist 205: History of Film 1: Development of an Art, 1895-1945
ArtHist 206: History of Film 2: Development of an Art, 1945-Present
ArtHist 308: Cult Film
Art Hist 309: Women Directors
FilmStd 590: Contemporary Film Theory
ArtHist 761: Contemporary Art Cinema: Sensing Time (Graduate Colloquium)
ArtHist 761: The Carnal Screen: Sexuality, Gender & Embodiment in Cinema (Graduate Colloquium)
Art Hist 761: Contemporary Film Theory (Graduate Colloquium)

Select Publications:

Editor, with John David Rhodes, Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, November 2011.

“Wet Dreams: Erotic Film Festivals of the early 1970s and the Utopian Sexual Public Sphere,” in Eric Schaefer, ed. Sex Scene: Media and the Sexual Revolution. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. (Reprint, revised.) 126-150.

“Film After Cinema: Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s Light Spill and Museal Materialism” Incite: Journal of Experimental Media. Fall 2013. 226-234.

“Weariness, Waiting: Enduration and Art Cinema’s Tired Bodies,” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. Vol. 34, No. 2-3, (Spring/Fall 2012). 311-347.

"The Body's Failed Labor: Performance Work in Sexploitation Cinema," Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, Vol. 53, No. 1 (Spring 2012). 79-98. (Dossier Guest Editor: "The Work of the Image: Cinema, Labor, Aesthetics," Framework, 53.1)

Editor, with John David Rhodes, Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 392 pp.

"Impossible, Impolitic: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and Fassbinder's Asynchronous Bodies," in Brigitte Peucker, ed. A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2011. 502-515.

“Dated Sexuality: Anna Biller’s Viva and the Retrospective Life of Sexploitation Cinema,” Camera Obscura: Feminism Culture and Media Studies 78. Vol. 26, No. 3 (Fall 2011.) 94-135.

"Arousal in Ruins: The Color of Love and the Haptic Object of Film History," World Picture Journal 4, "Arousal" Issue. (April 2010.) http://www.worldpicturejournal.com/WP_4/Gorfinkel.html 19pps.

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