Gregory Flaxman is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Director of Global Cinema Studies (GCS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Also an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication Studies, he is on the advisory board of the Program in Cultural Studies and is affiliated with the Department of American Studies.
Flaxman’s research broadly concerns the relationship between aesthe-tics and philosophy (especially with respect to film, literature, and fine art). More current work is dedicated to biopolitics and neoliberalism, the problem of affect theory, and the art history of the cinematic frame.
The author of Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy (Minnesota, 2011) and the editor of The Brain is the Screen (Minnesota, 2000), he is currently finishing two books–one (with Robert Sinnerbrink and Lisa Trahair) one “cinematic thinking” and the other, Off the Grid, about the mythopoetics of American liberalism in the era of security, surveillance, and control. Recent publication includes introductions to two books, Anne Sauvagnargue’s Art Machines and the collective publication of Practising with Deleuze: Design, Dance, Art, Writing, Philosophy; a chapter on Antonin Artaud’s film criticisms (“This Is Your Brain on Cinema”) in Film and/as Philosophy; a catalogue piece on contemporary artists Elmgreen and Dragset (“People, Places. and Things”); an article in praise of the passive subject of cinema (“Once More with Feeling: Cinesthesia and Ethics” for SubStance); a meditation on Deleuze, Kant, and Antonioni (“Chronos is Sick”) in At the Edges of Thought: Deleuze and Post-Kantian Philosophy; and a chapter on William and Henry James (“A More Radical Empiricism”). Forthcoming work includes essays on “control society,” neoliberalism, anamorphosis, Terrence Malick, Kant and Hölderlin, and the history of the pictorial frame. In 2015, as a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow, Flaxman studied Renaissance art history in preparation for his next project on off-screen space.
Areas of Expertise
• Cinema: Film Theory; Genre Theory; Classical and Post-Classical American Cinema
• Literature: Twentieth Century American Literature; Postcolonial Theory; Narratology
• Theory: Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory; Art History and Aesthetics; Psychoanalysis