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University of Minnesota
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Comedy, feminism, media, silent cinema, film studies, film theory, gender politics, laughter, humor, culture.
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About Me

Maggie Hennefeld is McKnight Presidential Fellow and Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She received her PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2014. She is author of Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes (Columbia UP, 2018) and a co-editor of the journal Cultural Critique. Her articles and criticism have appeared in edited volumes and journals including differencesDiscourseFilm History, Screen, Early Popular Visual Culture, Feminist Media Histories, and Camera Obscura. She is also the co-editor of two volumes, Abjection Incorporated (Duke UP, 2020) and Unwatchable (Rutgers UP, 2019).

Recent Publications

Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence, eds. Maggie Hennefeld and Nicholas Sammond (Duke University Press, 2020).

Unwatchable, eds. Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, Gunnar Iverson (Rutgers University Press, 2019).

“Looking for Léontine: My Obsession with a Forgotten Screen Queen,” Los Angeles Review of Books (Sept. 2019).

Death from Laughter, Female Hysteria, and Early Cinema,” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 27.3 (2016).

Toward a Feminist Politics of Comedy and History,” Feminist Media Histories, 3.2 (2017).

Feminist Genealogy of Film History,” Feminist Media Histories, 4.2 (2018).

Women’s Hats and Silent Film Spectatorship: Between Ostrich Plume and Moving Image,” Film History: An International Journal, 28.3 (2016).

Michelle Wolf’s Stellar Feminist Killjoy Roast at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Minneapolis Star Tribune (May, 2018).

On the Criminalization of Female Laughter,” The LA Progressive (July, 2017).

Laughter in the Age of Trump,” Flow: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture (Dec., 2016).

Nasty Women of Silent Cinema” (program co-curated with Laura Horak at the 2017 Pordenone Silent Film Festival).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
North America and Europe
Expertise by Geography
France, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Politics, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women, World War I