Associate Professor, English
Director of Film Studies Minor
Director of Design, Art and Technology Program
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2005
Office: Alumni Hall 208
Originally from Iowa, Jennifer Barker received a B.A. from Tulane University, an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University; she also studied for a year in Wales as an undergraduate and a year in Berlin as a graduate student. Before coming to Bellarmine, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor and Director of Film Studies at ETSU. In 2009 she received an NEH Summer Seminar Grant. Barker specializes in film history and aesthetics, animation, cultural studies, and transatlantic modernism. Her research interests also include visual studies, theories of cosmopolitanism, collage, and the legacies of antifascism. Author of The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection (Routledge, 2012), she is currently working on essays about phenomenology and race in early animation and cosmopolitanism and collage in contemporary animation.
Dr. Barker teaches classes on contemporary global cinema, the history of animation, film adaptation, and introductory classes on film and literature. In the past she has taught courses on film theory and history, film noir, the literature of war, modernism, musicals, documentary, and creative writing. She has also taught classes abroad in Scotland and Paris. Dr. Barker was awarded a Fulbright Lecturing Grant in Kyoto, Japan for the 2015-2016 academic year.
“Tilt-Shift Flânerie: Miniature View, Globalscape.” Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9.2 (July 2014): 177-195.
The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection. New York: Routledge, 2012.
“Documenting Genocide in Orson Welles’ The Stranger.” Film and Genocide. Eds. Kristi Wilson and Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. 45-66.
Guest Editor with Dr. Kirstin Ellsworth. “Women Inventing the 1950s.” Special Issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 40:8 (November 2011).
“Hollywood, Black Animation, and the Problem of Representation in The Princess and the Frog and Little Ol’ Bosko.” Journal of African American Studies 14.4 (2010): 482-98.
“Indifference, Identification and Desire in Woolf’s Three Guineas, Riefenstahl’s The Blue Light, and Sagan’s Maedchen in Uniform.” Women in German Yearbook 26 (2010): 73-96.
“‘A Hero Will Rise’: The Myth of the Fascist Man in Fight Club and Gladiator.” Literature/Film Quarterly 36:3 (August 2008): 171-87.
“Double Exposure: De-composing the ‘Nazi Idyll’ in Kay Boyle’s Death of a Man.” Kay Boyle for the 21st Century: New Essays. Ed. Thomas Austenfeld. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008. 43-61.
“Segregation at the Movies, 1905-1950.” African Americans in Cinema: The First Half Century. Ed. Phyllis Klotman. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.