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Jennifer Friedlander

Jennifer Friedlander

Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies/Associate Professor of Media Studies

B.A., Literature and Rhetoric, Binghamton University
M.A. and Ph.D., Communication/Certificate in Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh


She is the author of Moving Pictures: Where the Police, the Press, and the Art Image Meet (Sheffield Hallam University Press, 1998), in which she explores a set of contemporary British art controversies. Her recent book, Feminine Look: Sexuation, Spectatorship, and Subversion (State University of New York Press, 2008), develops a psychoanalytically-based feminist theory of the visual. Her publications include articles in (Re)-turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies, Journal for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, and International Journal of Žižek Studies. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society and an Associate Editor of the journal, Psychoanalysis, Culture, Society. Her current book project aims to develop an account of the critical roles that realism and deception can play in the formation of contemporary aesthetic politics.


By highlighting the ways in which we are influenced by the very cultural forms that we study, my pedagogical approach encourages students to recognize the impossibility of neutral observation. In removing the illusion of distance that disinterested critique serves, students enter a challenging space—a space that refuses them the comfort and ease of speaking behind the veneer of objective knowledge. In its place, we work together to erect a different system of inquiry, one in which apparently obvious and common-sense views become our object of scrutiny, not just in terms of their content, but also in terms of their form. We thus work to understand not only which views are likely to reach the status of unquestioned wisdoms, but also the processes through which these views achieve their ascendancy.

Spring 2013 Courses

MS 49: Introduction to Media Studies
MS 147b: Topics in Media Theory: Body, Representation, Desire