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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  (Routledge, 2007) ; Dangerous Women, Deadly Words: Phallic Fantasy and Modernity in Three Japanese Writers  (Stanford University Press; 1 edition , 1999); “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, along with William H. Bridges IV, edited Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone, which was published by Lexington Books in 2015.

Professor 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.


Contact Information

Nina Cornyetz

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 606
(212) 998-7315
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Office Hours
Tuesday (4-6 by appt)
Wednesday (12-2 by appt)
Thursday (11-1 by appt)


2015 Winter

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

2015 Spring

Thesis Proposal Seminar
Tue 6:20 PM - 7:35 PM

Wed 2:00 PM - 4:45 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

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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