E. Ann Kaplan


Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory
Past and Founding Director, The Humanities Institute
Past Director, The Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Ph.D., Rutgers, 1970.
Trauma Studies, Environment and Humanities, Feminist Film Theory and Gender Studies; Age Studies
Also affiliated with: Cultural Analysis and Theory, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Art History, Theatre Arts, Philosophy, Sustainability, The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University, where she also founded and directed The Humanities Institute for twenty-seven years. She is Past President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Kaplan has written many books and articles on topics in cultural studies, media, and women's studies, from diverse theoretical perspectives including psychoanalysis, feminism, postmodernism, and post-colonialism. She has given lectures all over the world and her work has been translated into six languages. Kaplan’s pioneering research on women in film (see her Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera, Women in Film Noir and Motherhood and Representation) continues to be in print and influential in the United States and abroad. Her Feminism and Film (2000) brings together major feminist film theories from 1980 to 2000. Kaplan’s more recent research focuses on trauma as evident in her books Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (co-edited with Ban Wang in 2004), her Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005) and her latest book, Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction (2015). Her new research project continues her concern with trauma, this time in relation to traumatic memory loss and gender, with a focus on dementia. See her essays published or in press for more on this latter project, and Kaplan’s website,

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