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Film and Television Studies


Faculty - David Jenemann

David Jenemann

David Jenemann, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2003
  • MA University of Minnesota, 1998
  • BA Swathmore College, 1993
  • C.V. (PDF)
Area of expertise

Film and Television, Critical Theory, Modernism, Twentieth Century Literature

Contact Information

Office: 319 Old Mill
Spring 2018 Office Hours: On Leave. Active dean

David Jenemann teaches courses in film and television theory, critical theory, genre, and global cinema. He has published essays on the film theories of Gilles Deleuze and Theodor W. Adorno as well as on the poet and novelist Kenneth Fearing. His areas of research interest include film and television, critical theory, modernism, and twentieth century literature. He is currently working on a book on anti-intellectualism in America.

Selected Publications:


Adorno in America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

“The Home Theater of Organized Cruelty: Jackass Nation,” accepted for publication in Crossings8 (2006), 27pp.

David Jenemann and Andrew Knighton, “Time, Transmission, Autonomy: What Praxis Means in the Novels of Kenneth Fearing,” The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction, ed. Janet Galligani Casey, (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004) 172-194.

“The Hole is the True: Deleuze-Cinema-Utopia-Adorno,” Polygraph 14 (2003) 77-101.

“Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio and The Psychological Techniques of Martin Luther Thomas’ Radio Addresses,” (review) Cultural Critique 50 (winter, 2002) 223-229.

Selected Presentations:

“Camouflage Work: The Hidden Subject of Modernity,” ACLA, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (March 2006).

“A Machine like No Other: The Individual Space of Precisionism,” Modernist Studies Association 7, Chicago (November, 2005).

“Frankfurt Goes to Hollywood: Adorno Makes Movies” Visible Evidence XII, Concordia University, Montreal (August 2005).

“Adorno in Sponsor-land: The Physiognomyof the Radio,” The Space Between: Technology and Culture 1914-1945, McGill University, Montreal (May, 2005)

“Unprotected Waters: The Ethics of Ambivalence,” Circulations: The Ins and Outs of Exchange, York University, Toronto, ON (March, 2005).

“‘Below the Surface’: Adorno’s Failure of Vision,” Marxism and the World Stage, Amherst, MA (November, 2003).