Dr. Linda Ai-Yun Liu
Adjunct Assistant Professor (Fall 2012)
Modern Culture and Media
Linda Ai-Yun Liu works on film theory, feminist and minority cinemas, cultural memory, global art cinema, critical media studies, and visual culture.
Her dissertation, Images between Images: Cinematic Inventions of the Everyday, argues that the “everyday” is a key trope in the history of cinema aesthetics. It engages centrally with Siegfried Kracauer’s idea of film’s “inherent affinity” for everyday life, in dialogue with more recent scholarship on indexicality and theories of the everyday. In so doing, it reconsiders Kracauer’s notion of film’s affinity with the everyday, not in the more familiar framework of realism, but in terms of aesthetic discovery and the redemption of marginalized phenomena. Through analysis of specific films and bodies of cinema practice (early actualities and local films; second-wave feminist films in the 1970s; and contemporary global art cinema), it shows how this way of thinking the everyday has been allied with various sociocultural agendas in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Dr. Liu has presented papers on the local films of Mitchell and Kenyon, and the concept of language in structural film. She served as an Assistant Editor of differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies from 2004-2006.
She is currently working on an article that examines the non-anthropocentric aesthetic of the film, Le Quattro Volte, and its connections with the genre of ecocinema.
She was born in Taipei, Taiwan.
Ph.D., Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
M.A., Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
B.A., English summa cum laude, Amherst College