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Nina Cornyetz

Associate Professor
(212) 998-7315
1 Wash Pl, Room 606

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Office Hours
Tuesday (4-6 by appt)
Wednesday (12-2 by appt)
Thursday (11-1 by appt)

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. 

Nina Cornyetz


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

Recent News

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.


2016 Spring

Psychoanalysis Beyond Freud

Japan and the Discovery of Interiority

2015 Fall

Narrating Seduction: The Tale of Genji

2015 Spring

Thesis Proposal Seminar

2015 Winter

On Freud's Couch: Psychoanalysis, Narrative and Memory