Laura Kipnis is a professor of media studies at Northwestern University."Laura Kipnis at Northwestern University". She is also a cultural and media critic who focuses especially on gender issues, sexual politics, popular culture, and pornography. She began her career as a video artist, exploring similar themes in the form of video essays.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has received fellowships for her work from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Michigan Society of Fellows, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In her 2003 book Against Love: A Polemic, a "ragingly witty yet contemplative look at the discontents of domestic and erotic relationships, Kipnis combines portions of the slashing sexual contrarianism of Mailer, the scathing antidomestic wit of early Roseanne Barr and the coolly analytical aesthetics of early Sontag." Publisher's Weekly (30 June 2003).
Her 2010 book, How to Become a Scandal, focuses on scandal: "shattered lives, downfall, disgrace and ruin, the rage of the community directed at its transgressors." McCarthy, Ellen (26 September 2010). "Laura Kipnis's "How to Become a Scandal," Washington Post review". The Washington Post.
Her works include:
- Ecstasy Unlimited: On Sex, Capital, Gender, and Aesthetics (1993)
- Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America (1996)
- Against Love: A Polemic (2003)
- The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability (2006)
- How To Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior (2010)
- Jane Juffer, "At home with pornography: women, sex, and everyday life", NYU Press, 1998, ISBN 0814742378
- "Laura Kipnis" Laura Kipnis's Website, www.LauraKipnis.com.
- "Laura Kipnis" (faculty page), School of Communication at Northwestern University.
- "Laura Kipnis", Randomhouse.com – author page, includes brief biography.
- Laura Kipnis in the Video Data Bank
- "Laura Kipnis Biography"[dead link], Electronic Arts Intermix (website). – Biographical info circa 1988.
- Laura Kipnis articles at Slate.
- "An Interview with Laura Kipnis" by Jeffrey J. Williams, Minnesota Review.
- Works by or about Laura Kipnis in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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