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.
Teaching and Research Interests
critical, literary and filmic theory; intellectual history; gender and sexuality; cultural studies; psychoanalytic and materialist-feminist methodologies; specialization in Japan
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
Professor Nina Cornyetz served as a discussant for a public seminar in honor of her collaborative work with William H. Bridges IV, Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), which was held at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California in February 2016.
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.