Elena GorfinkelElena Gorfinkel

Assistant Professor of Art History and Film Studies

Phone: 414-229-2723
e-mail: gorfinke@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: pdf (171kb)


Ph.D., New York University, Cinema Studies

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 307 - Women Directors
ArtHist 308 - Cult Film
ArtHist 761 - Contemporary Art Cinema: Sensing Time
ArtHist 761 - The Carnal Screen: Sexuality, Gender & Embodiment in Cinema
FilmStd 590 - Contemporary Film Theory

Research and Teaching Interests:

Film History & Historiography
Marginal, cult and experimental cinemas
Global art cinema
Gender & sexuality studies
Women's filmmaking practice
Cinephilia & film criticism
Film aesthetics
Temporality, corporeality, & the senses

Representative/Recent Publications:


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

Book Chapters:

"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.

“Introduction: The Matter of Places,” with John David Rhodes, Taking Place: Location & the Moving Image, University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

“Tales of Times Square: Sexploitation’s Secret History of Place,” in Taking Place: Location & the Moving Image, University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 55-76.

"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.


“Weariness, Waiting: On Art Cinema’s Tired Bodies,”Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Vol. 34, No. 2-3, Spring/Summer 2013.

“Film After Cinema: Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder’s Light Spill & Museal Materialism,” INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media, Issue 4, Forthcoming 2013.

"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.

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

"Arousal in Ruins: The Color of Love and the Haptic Object of Film History," World Picture 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.

Taking Place, Gorfinkel