Atomic Books, Baltimore, 2008
30 October 1966 |
England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Scholar, psychoanalyst, author, cultural critic|
Mikita Brottman (born 30 October 1966) is a British scholar, psychoanalyst, author and cultural critic known for her psychological readings of the dark and pathological elements of contemporary culture. She received a D.Phil in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, was a Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and was Chair of the program in Engaged Humanities with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute from 2008 to 2010. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Brottman's articles and case studies have appeared in Film Quarterly, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, New Literary History, and American Imago. She has written influentially on horror films, critical theory, reading, psychoanalysis, and the work of the American folklorist, Gershon Legman.
Brottman also writes for mainstream and counterculture journals and magazines. Her work has appeared in such diverse venues as The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bad Subjects, The Fortean Times, Headpress, and Popmatters, where her column, "Sub Rosa", ran from January 2007 to July 2009. Her essays have also appeared in a number of books and anthologies.
She is the author of the cult film books Meat is Murder and Hollywood Hex, as well as books on psychoanalysis, critical theory and contemporary popular culture. Her most recent book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading (Counterpoint, 2008) was selected as one of the Best Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly, who said: "Sharp, whimsical and impassioned, Brottman's look at the pleasures and perils of compulsive reading is itself compulsively readable and will connect with any book lover." 
Brottman's partner is the film critic David Sterritt.
- Meat is Murder! An Illustrated Guide To Cannibal Culture, London: Creation Books, 1998.
- Hollywood Hex, London: Creation Books, 1999.
- Car Crash Culture (Ed.), New York: Palgrave, 2002.
- Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor, Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, Inc., 2004.
- Offensive Films, Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2005.
- High Theory, Low Culture, New York: Palgrave, 2005.
- The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, Los Angeles: Counterpoint, 2008.
- Phantoms of the Clinic: From Thought-Transference to Projective Identification, (Karnac Books, 2011)
- Hyena, (Reaktion Books - Animal, 2012)
- Thirteen Girls, (Nine-Banded Books, 2012)
- 978-0-88163-404-4 Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor, About the book - Social Psychology Arena website
- Mikita Brottman bio - Pacifica Graduate Institute website
- Mikita Brottman website - Mikita Brottman Courses
- L.A. Times article, 30 September 2005
- Huffington Post Column, 26 November 2007
- Chronicle Review Article, 16 September 2005
- Bad Subjects, August 2005
- Sub Rosa, Popmatters
- Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009
- Interview with Charles Taylor, Boston Phoenix, 15 April 2008