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Nina Cornyetz

Nina Cornyetz

Associate Professor
B.A. Literature & East Asian Languages, CUNY Graduate Center, 1980
M.A. East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University, 1987
Ph.D. East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University, 1991

Nina Cornyetz's teaching and research interests include critical, literary, and filmic theory; intellectual history; studies of gender and sexuality; and cultural studies, with a specialization in Japan. She has been the recipient of research fellowships from the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University (1997-1998); the Japan Foundation (1995-1996); and the Now Foundation, Tokyo, Japan (1990). Among her publications are The Ethics of Aesthetics in Japanese Cinema and Literature: Polygraphic Desire; Dangerous Women, Deadly Words: Phallic Fantasy and Modernity in Three Japanese Writers ; "Fetishized Blackness: Hip Hop and Racial Desire in Contemporary Japan" in Social Text ; and "Gazing Disinterestedly: Politicized Poetics in Double Suicide" in Differences . Her Gallatin courses include a study of ancient and premodern Japanese poetics and other art forms in Behind the Mask I: Exteriority , a close reading of several of Sigmund Freud's case studies in On Freud's Couch , and a study of ethics and cinematography in Hong Kong gangster films and their Japanese and American counterparts in Beyond Good and Evil: Gangsters, Violence, and the Urban Landscape. 


Professor Nina Cornyetz was a discussant for the panel “From One-Eyed Demons to the Madhouse: The Aesthetics of Abnormality in Japan,” held at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in March 2015. Along with Eve Meltzer, she organized "Posthumous Presence: Walter Benjamin's Other Theory of Photography," featuring American film theorist and art historian Kaja Silverman, in May 2014 at Gallatin.

She organized, along with William Bridges, the 2013 Traveling Texts Symposium, “Between African American and Japanese,” a two-day symposium at Gallatin on the cross-pollination between Japanese and African-American literature and culture. There, she presented her paper “The Theatrics of Japanese Blackface: Body as Mannequin.”  She, Gallatin student Ferdinand Tomassini (BA ’15), East Asian studies professor Yukiko Hanawa, and Boston University professor J. Keith Vincent participated in the “Queer Japan” panel in Washington Square Park in October 2013.  


Contact Information

Nina Cornyetz

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 606
(212) 998-7315
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Office Hours
Tuesday (2-5 by appt)
Wednesday (12-2 by appt)


2015 Winter

On Freud's Couch: Psychoanalysis, Narrative and Memory
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

2015 Fall

Narrating Seduction: The Tale of Genji
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Passion and Poetics in Early Japan
Tue,Thu 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

2014 Spring

Passion and Poetics in Early Japan
Tue,Thu 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Language and Desire: Mishima Yukio
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

critical, literary and filmic theory; intellectual history; gender and sexuality; cultural studies; psychoanalytic and materialist-feminist methodologies; specialization in Japan

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