E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies 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, reproductive politics, 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. Playing Dolly: Technocultural Fantasies of Assisted Reproduction (co-edited with Susan Squier) was published in 1997, as was also her pioneering volume on race/ethnicity in transnational women’s cinema, Looking for the Other: Feminism, Film and the Imperial Gaze. 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), and her 2005 monograph, Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005). Her in-press monograph, Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Film and Fiction, continues her trauma research. Completing her “trauma trilogy,” Kaplan’s new book project will focus on an “aging as trauma” trope in Western Cultures, linked unconsciously to the aging (and damaging) of planet Earth. Kaplan will, then, look at the unconscious of age (people and the planet) in the context of environmental studies. Essays anticipating both books were published in between 2010 and 2015, or are presently in press.