David Denny, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication, Media & Culture
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, State University of New York, Binghamton
MA, Philosophy, State University of New York, Binghamton
BA, Intellectual History, University of New Hampshire
War and Culture
Modernity and Melancholia
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Political Thought for the 21st Century
Literary and Critical Theory
Ethics and Social Issues
Psychoanalysis and Film
Psychoanalysis and Culture
Violence and Representation
Postmodern Literature and Culture
Love and Sexuality
Major Thinkers: Slavoj Zizek
Major Thinkers: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
Major Thinkers: Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan
The War on Terror
David Denny studied in the philosophy, literature and criticism program at the State University of New York, Binghamton, receiving an MA in philosophy and a Ph.D. in comparative literature. His interests are in critical theory, psychoanalysis, modern literature and philosophy, and film studies.
“Melancholia; an Alternative to the End of the World,” in Cinematic Cuts, ed., Sheila Kunkle (SUNY Press) – forthcoming 2015
Food, Sex, and Sustainability, Eholi Gadugi Journal, Autumn 2012, http://egjournal.org/
The Politics of Enjoyment: A reading of The Hurt Locker, Theory & Event , Volume 14, Issue 1, 2011.
Signifying Grace: a reading of Lars Von Trier’s Dogville, International Journal of Zizek Studies; Vol. 1, No. 3, 2007.
“On the domestication of torture: a critical review of Zero Dark Thirty,” Marylhurst Blog, 2/25/2013.
“A Postmodern Family Romance: Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist,” The International Zizek Studies Conference,
University of Cincinnati, April 4-6, 2014.
“From the Reality of War to the Real of War in Restrepo,” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (SCMS), Seattle, March 19-23, 2014.
‘Father can’t you see that I am in pain?’ From the reality of war to the real of war in Restrepo. The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference (PAMLA), Seattle University, October 19-21, 2012.
Sex, Food, and Sustainability, New York University, Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), June 20-24, 2012.
Sustainability as Fetish; or a Plea for the Political, University of Montana, Missoula, Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), June, 2011.
The Politics of Enjoyment: A reading of ‘The Hurt Locker’, Rutgers University, Association of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (APCS), November, 2009.
‘The Pleasure in Making Suffer’: Or, The Biopolitics of Enjoyment, Harvard University, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), March 26-28, 2009.
The Sovereign Decision as Fantasy in Lars Von Trier’s ‘Manderlay’, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (ASLCH), Berkeley, CA, March 2008
The Sovereign Decision as Fantasy in Lars Von Trier’s ‘Manderlay’, Rutgers University, Association of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (APCS), November, 2007.
Signifying Grace: A reading of Lars Von Trier’s ‘Dogville’, Georgetown Law School, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (ASLCH), March 23-24, 2007.
Transgression or Transference? The films of Lars Von Trier, Rutgers University, Association of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (APCS), November 3-5, 2005.
Multiculturalism as Ideology, Faculty Colloquium at Marylhurst University, February, 2001.
On Revenge: Nietzsche’s Donation to the (im)possibility of Justice, Philosophy Colloquium at Lewis & Clark College, October 1999.
Exhilarated Despair: Approaching Francis Bacon Through Nietzsche, Philosophy, Interpretation, Culture Conference, Binghamton University, March 1995.