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Nina Cornyetz

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

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Monday (12-1:30 by appt)
Tuesday 11-12:30, (2-3 by appt)
Wednesday By Appt

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.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Nina Cornyetz

Recent News

Professor Nina Cornyetz was awarded the 2017 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Award for her translation of Izumi Kyōka’s “Tale of the Enchanted Sword” (妖剣記聞, Yōken Kibun, 1920). The Awards Committee noted "Cornyetz’s translation, the first into English of this Kyōka text that combines features of both Edo-style and modernist writing, has been particularly successful in capturing the dazzling visual effects of its language."

Professor 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, 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.


2017 Spring


Japan and the Discovery of Interiority

2017 Fall

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: From Mishima to Murakami: Postwar Japanese Fiction and Film

Narrating Seduction: The Tale of Genji

2016 Spring

Psychoanalysis Beyond Freud