E. Ann Kaplan

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E. Ann Kaplan is an American professor, author, and director.[1] She currently teaches English at the Stony Brook State University of New York, and is the founder and director of The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University.[2] She coined the term "“Future-Tense Trauma Cinema” for a select group of films, a sub-set of the Science Fiction film, that focus on human and natural causes of complete social collapse instead of, as in standard Sci-Fi, displacing cultural anxieties into allegories of aliens invading planet Earth from elsewhere.""[citation needed]


  • Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera (1983)
  • Women in Film Noir Looking for the Other: Feminism
  • Looking for the Other : Feminism, Film and the Imperial Gaze (1997)
  • Feminism and Film (2000)
  • Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (co-edited with Ban Wang, 2004)
  • Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005)


E. Ann Kaplan has received the following awards. The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creativity (2001), the Stony Brook Faculty Achievement Award (2004), the Distinguished Alumnae Award, Rutgers University (2005), the Distinguished Career Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2009), and in 2012. She received an Honorary Degree from Josai International University, Tokyo, Japan, awarded in 2010.[3]

Kaplan introduced the concept of imperial gaze, in which the observed find themselves defined in terms of the privileged observer's own set of value-preferences.

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  1. ^ "People | E. Ann Kaplan | The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University". heymancenter.org. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  2. ^ "Biography". Stony Brook State University of New York. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  3. ^ "Ann Kaplan- Faculty Profile | Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies". www.stonybrook.edu. Retrieved 2017-10-04.