Why War? / Hollywood’s War: Thoughts on the Cinematic Mediation of Military Conflict

Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich and, since 2007, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. She earned her PhD at the University of Munich, on literary space in the work of Dorothy M. Richardson’s novel Pilgrimage, as well as her habilitation, five years later. A specialist in the 19th and 20th century literature she has also written articles in the area of gender studies, psychoanalysis, film, cultural theory and visual culture. Her book publications are Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic (Manchester University Press) and a collection of essays Death and Representation, co-edited with Sarah W. Goodwin (Johns Hopkins University Press). Prof. Bronfen is UC Berkeley Visiting Professor of Film and Critical Theory in residence for September 2010. She is currently finishing a book for Rutgers University Press on Hollywood and War that promises to be a major intervention in current debates about the role of war in American cinema.

This talk is the first event of the “Why War?” seminar series. It is co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Introduction by Judith Butler, Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley