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; marginal, cult and independent cinemas; global art cinema; gender & sexuality studies; women's filmmaking practice; film reception, spectatorship and exhibition; cinephilia & 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
ArtHist 761: The Carnal Screen: Sexuality, Gender & Embodiment in Cinema

Select Publications:

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

"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)

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

"Dated Sexuality: Anna Biller's VIVA and the Retrospective Life of Sexploitation Cinema." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture & Media Studies 78. Volume 26, No. 3 December 2011.

"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

"Cult Film, or Cinephilia by Any Other Name," Cineaste. Vol. 34, No. 1, (Winter 2008). 33-38.

"Wet Dreams: Erotic Film Festivals of the Early 1970s and the Utopian Sexual Public Sphere." Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media, Vol. 47, No. 2, (Fall 2006.) 59-86.

"The Future of Anachronism: Todd Haynes and The Magnificent Andersons." In Cinephilia: Movies Love & Memory. Marijke de Valck and Malte Hagener, Eds. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2005. 153-168.

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