Dr. Jennifer Lynde Barker

jbarker (2) Professor, English and Film Studies 
Director of Film Studies Minor
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2005

Office: Alumni Hall 208
Email: jbarker@bellarmine.edu

Dr. Barker is a Professor of Film Studies whose teaching and research focuses on film history and aesthetics. She specializes in global film culture, with a particular emphasis on animation. She was a Fulbright Lecturer in Kyoto, Japan (2015-2016), and previous awards include a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University and a NEH Summer Seminar Grant. The author of The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection, she has also published articles on Japanese, German, and Hungarian animation, African American cinema, and the work of Masaaki Yuasa, Hermína Týrlová, Marcell Jankovics, Tsai Ming-liang, Mara Mattuschka, Orson Welles, and others. Her writing has appeared in Animation: An Interdisciplinary JournalCinema Scope, Mubi Notebook, Film Quarterly, Filmihullu, Literature/Film Quarterly, Journal of African American Studies, and Latin American Perspectives. She has curated animation programs for the Midnight Sun Film Festival and Aalto University, served on juries at DOK Leipzig and Tabor Film Festivals, and lectured by invitation at Harvard Film Archive, Mar del Plata IFF, FICUNAM, and elsewhere. She is currently working on two book projects: one about animation and softness and the other on animating modernism.

Dr. Barker directs the Film Studies Minor and advises the Bellarmine Cinema Association. Current courses include the history of animation, Japanese animation, introduction to film studies, film history, contemporary global cinema, horror film, film adaptation, women in film, and film in the 1980s.


Select Publications

  • The Animated World column and other articles. Mubi Notebook. Most recently: “Are You Ready to Rock?!: The Transformative Animation of Masaaki Yuasa.” 11 August 2022. https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/author/626
  • “Crafting Animation: Hermína Týrlová’s Fuzzy Modernism.” MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture. Special issue edited by Isabelle McNeill and Anna Backman Rogers. November 2021.
  • “Uncanny Spaces and Faces: Mirroring Reality in The Wayward CloudI Don’t Want to Sleep Alone, and Visage.” Surrendered Bodies: the Work of Tsai Ming-liang. Ed. Salvador Amores and Michel Lipkes. Mexico: National Autonomous University of Mexico Press, 2021. 33-45.
  • “Lust for Life: The Living Images of Marcell Jankovics”. Essay on Fehérlófia/Son of the White Mare (1981) for Bildstörung Films DVD release: May 7, 2021.
  • “The Animated Backside.” Mara Mattuschka. Ed. Florian Widegger. Vienna: Verlag Filmarchiv Austria, 2019. 59-73.
  • Film Review of Manta Ray (2018). Cinema Scope 77. January 2019.
  • "Kabei: Our Mother." Trans. Lauri Timonen. Filmihullu. 5/2018. 44-5.
  • Film Reviews for Cinema Scope Online, 2018 and 2016. http://cinema-scope.com/author/jennifer-lynde-barker/.
  • "Undistinguished Citizens: The Guilty, the Nobodies, and the Untamed." Latin American Perspectives 44:4 (July 2017): 247-253.
  • "Dort und Hier': Hans Fisherkoesen in the 1950s. "Beloved and Rejected: Cinema in the Young Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1963. Frankfurt am Main: Deutsches Filminstitut: 2016.
  • "Cosmopolitanism and Animated Kinography in Persepolis and Sita Sings the Blues."Review of Western History (Kwangaku Seiyoshi Ronshu) 39 (March 2016): 49-60.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "'A Hero Will Rise': The Myth of the Fascist Man in Fight Club" and Gladiator.Literature/Film Quarterly 36:3 (August 2008): 171-87.
  • "Segregation at the Movies, 1905-1950."African Americans in Cinema: The First Half Century. Ed. Phyllis Klotman. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.