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James J. Hodge

Assistant Professor of English and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Ph.D. University of Chicago


James J. Hodge (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Assistant Professor in the department of English and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. He is also affiliate faculty in the department of Art History and the program in Screen Cultures. He specializes in digital media aesthetics at the crossroads of cinema, art history, and literary studies, especially experimental media art genres such as new media art, avant-garde film, and electronic literature. Focusing also on media and critical theory he has special interests in phenomenology and psychoanalysis (object relations). His research is devoted to the question of how artistic forms reflect the incoherence of lived experience. His book project, "Animating History: New Media Art and the Opacity of Digital Experience," argues that animation in new media art transforms our sense of history in the digital age. His recent research investigates the impersonal dimensions of networked connection with respect to new networked genres such as the animated GIF.

In 2016–2017 he co-organized the Ordinary Media Research Workshop with Danny Snelson. That workshop investigated the ways in which digital technologies come to saturate experience and inform artistic practice in the early 21st century.

Past course offerings include Media Theory, New Media Art, Critical Internet Studies, Digital Media Studies, Hitchcock and Beyond, Digital Media Theory, Animating Media, and Cinema and Digital Media.

An interview on his digital pedagogy can be read here.


Literary Theory, Film & Film Theory, Science & Literature, Digital Media


  • “Suffering the Modernist Legacy of Husserlian Phenomenology," Criticism 59:1 (Winter 2018): 155-160.
  • “Earth-Specific Art: Phenomenology and the Digital Cinema of Peter Bo Rappmund,” ASAP/Journal 2:3 (2017): 579–601.
  • "Digital Psycho: Dedramatizing the Historical Event," Critical Inquiry 43:4 (Summer 2017): 839–860.
  • "Sociable Media: Phatic Connection in Digital Art," Postmodern Culture 26:1 (September 2016): NP.
  • "Gifts of Ubiquity," Film Criticism 39:2 (Winter 2014-15): 53-78.
  • "New Media Art" (with Jacob Gaboury), Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies, ed. Krin Gabbard. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • "Impersonal Love? Contemporary Art and Atmospheric Media," More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing Since the 1990s, ed. Claire Schneider (Chapel Hill, NC: Ackland Art Museum, 2013).
  • "'I'm Looking for a New Way to be with You': On the Lisps' Futurity: A Musical," HowlRound: A Journal of the Theater Commons (July, 2012).

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