Laura Kipnis
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Laura Kipnis is a professor of media studies at Northwestern University, a cultural theorist and critic, and a former video artist. Her present work focuses on the intersections of American politics, psyche, and the body—with detours through love, Marx, gender distress, adultery, scandal, Freud, and the legacy of the avant-garde.

Kipnis’ most recent book, The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability, follows her highly acclaimed book Against Love: A Polemic. In addition to two other books, Kipnis has had her essays and reviews published in Slate, The Nation, Critical Inquiry, Social Text, Wide Angle, the Village Voice, Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and numerous edited collections. Her books and essays have been translated into ten languages.

Kipnis has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. Her video-essays have been screened and broadcast in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia.

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