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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laura Kipnis  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1956 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Laura Kipnis is a Professor at Northwwestern University's School of Communication in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kipnis is th author of ''Against Love: A Polemic'' and ''The Female Thing: DDirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability'', which have been translated into fifteen languages. She is a professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northweasterdn University, has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation and has contributed to ''Slate'', ''Harper's'', ''The Nation'', and ''The New York Times Magazine''. She lives in New York and Chicago.

Published Works

  • Ecstasy Unlimited, on Sex, Capital, Gender and Aesthetics, University of Minnesota Press, 1993
  • Bound and Gagged, Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America, Duke University, 1999
  • Against Love: A Polemic, Pantheon, 2003
  • The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability, Pantheon, 2006
  • How to Become a Scandal, Metropolitan Books, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ecstasy unlimited :
ISBN: 0816619964. OCLC Number:

University of Minnesota Press,. Minneapolis :. ©1993.

Bound and gagged :
ISBN: 0822323435. OCLC Number:

Duke University Press,. Durham, N.C. :. 1999, ©1996.

Against love :
ISBN: 0375719326. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2004.

The female thing :
ISBN: 0375424172. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. New York :. ©2006.

"Breathing new life into age-old questions, each of the four chapters of "The Female Thing" takes a hot-button issue of feminism and femininity and turns the usual story around."--Jacket.

How to become a scandal :
ISBN: 0805089799. OCLC Number:

Metropolitan Books,. New York :. ©2010.

Delivering virtuoso analyses of four paradigmatic cases, Laura Kipnis examines contemporary downfall sagas to lay bare the American psyche: what we desire, what we punish, and what we disavow.



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