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Temenuga Trifonova

PhD - English (State University of New York at Buffalo)
MFA - Visual Arts (University of California San Diego)
BA - English (American University in Bulgaria)

Associate Professor, Department of Film

Temenuga Trifonova is the author of The Image in French Philosophy (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2007), European Film Theory (New York: Routledge, 2008) and Warped Minds: Cinema and Psychopathology (Amsterdam University Press, 2014). Her articles have appeared in various scholarly journals, including Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, Cineaste, Rivista di Estetica , SubStance, Space and Culture, CineAction, Film and Philosophy, Studies in European Cinema, The European Journal of American Culture, Quarterly Journal of Film and Video, Studies in Comics, Scope, Postmodern Culture, International Studies in Philosophy, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, and in several edited collections.

Her first feature film, Man of Glass (fiction, 2012, 58 min), developed at the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus, won the Cinematic Vision Award at the 2013 Amsterdam Film Festival. The film will be screened at the Deboshir International Festival of Independent Cinema, St. Petersburg, Russia (November 2013).

Research areas and areas of interest

Film and Photography, European Cinema, Film Theory, Philosophy of Film, Screenwriting, Film Criticism, Film Remakes, Film Adaptations, Contemporary American Cinema, Aesthetic Theory, Creative Writing (fiction), Photography

Dora Maar Fellowship, France, July 2013

Fondation des Treilles residential study, France, June 2013

Artist in Residence at Pushkinskaya-10 Art Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2013

Imre Kertész Kolleg Fellowship, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, 2014

Le Couvent Artist Residency, France, 2014

Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artísticas, Writer’s Residency, Barcelona, Spain, 2014

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Artist Residency, Ireland, 2014

Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Department of Cinema, University of Bologna, April 2012



Warped Minds: Cinema and Psychopathology (Amsterdam University Press, 2014)

European Film Theory, AFI Film Readers Series (London & New York: Routledge, 2008)

The Image in French Philosophy (Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2007)

Rewrite (novel), forthcoming in Fall 2014


Articles in scholarly journals and edited collections

“European Film Theory” and “Siegfried Kracauer,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (ed. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland)

“From Allegorical Expressionism to Declined National Cinema” in East, West and Centre: Reframing post-1989 European Cinema, ed. Todd Herzog and Michael Gott, under contract with Edinburgh University Press (Traditions in World Cinema series) (forthcoming in 2014)

“The Production of Space from the Nouvelle Vague to the Franchise City Film,” Space and Culture, Volume 16, Issue 1, February 2013, pp.60 - 72

“Agency in the Conspiracy Thriller,” SubStance, October 2012

“Nouvelle Manga and Cinema,” Studies in Comics 3.1, August 2012

“The Twilight of the Index,” Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, No. 2, 2012

“Michael Haneke and the Politics of Film Form” in The Cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia, ed. Benjamin McCann and David Sorfa, Columbia University Press, 2012

“Film and Skepticism: Stanley Cavell on the Ontology of Film,” Rivista di Estetica #46, (1/2011)

“Between the National and the Transnational: Bulgarian Post-Communist Cinema,” Studies in Eastern European Cinema, Vol 2, Issue 2, July 2011, pp. 211-227

Pensiero Debole: Weak National Cinema,” Studies in European Cinema 8:1, pp.7-20. August 2011

“The Aesthetics and Politics of the Yakuza Sequel: Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill (1967) and Pistol Opera (2001)” in Genre in Asian Film and Television, eds. Angelina Karpovich and Felicia Chan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Nominated for the SCMS Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award

“Multiple Personality and the Discourse of the Multiple in Hollywood Cinema,” The European Journal of American Culture, volume 29, number 2 (2010)

“Photography and the Unconscious: The Construction of Pathology at the Fin de siècle,” CTheory: Theory beyond the Codes, 9/9/2010

“Code Unknown: European Identity in Cinema,” Scope, June 2007

“Stoned on Mars: Home and National Identity in Bulgarian Post-Communist Cinema,” Cineaste, Special Supplement on Balkan Cinema, June 2007, Ed. Dina Iordanova (invited contribution)

“Distracted Cinema: Kracauer and Realist Film Discourse,” EXCAVATIO: International Review for Multidisciplinary Approaches and Comparative Studies related to Emile Zola and his Time, Naturalism, Naturalist Writers and Artists, Naturalism and Cinema around the World. Volume XXII, 2007

“John Ford’s Funeral Oration: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” Senses of Cinema # 45, 2007

“Cinematic Cool: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai,” Senses of Cinema #39, April-June, 2006

“Orson Welles’ The Trial,” Senses of Cinema #38, January-March 2006

“Mind and Body Snatchers: The Evolution of the Sci Fi Film Genre,” Film and Philosophy, volume 9, 2005

“Anti-Theatre on Film,” Scope, Issue #3, November 2005

“The Fantastic Redemption of Reality,” Quarterly Journal of Film and Video 23.1 (2005)

“Special Effects: Simulation in Cinema,” Kinema: A Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media, No. 21, Spring 2004

“A Nonhuman Eye: Deleuze on Cinema,” SubStance # 104, Vol.33, no.2, 2004

“Is There a Subject in Hyperreality?” Postmodern Culture, Volume 13, Number 3 (2003)

“Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man: The Origins of the Postmodern Sublime in the Ethical Evaluation of the Aesthetic,” Kritikos, Volume 1, December 2004

“The Question of the Appendix: The Kantian and the Inhuman Sublime,” International Studies in Philosophy Volume XXXV/2 (2003)

“Matter-Image or Image-Consciousness: Bergson contra Sartre,” Janus Head, Spring 2003/6.1

“Time and Point of View in Contemporary Cinema,” CineAction #58, 2002

“The Poetry of Matter: Bergson and Stevens,” The Wallace Stevens Journal, Volume 26, Number 1 (Spring 2002)

“Saving Nietzsche’s Anti-egalitarianism from Postmodernism,” book review of Fredrick Appel’s Nietzsche contra Democracy (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1999), theory@buffalo #6, 2001

“The Gaze of Blanchot through the Lens of Heidegger,” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2000)

Man of Glass (feature film, 2012), winner of the Cinematic Vision Award at the 2013 Amsterdam Film Festival

Rewrite (novel), NON Publishing, 2014

Crime and Punishment: Raskolnikov in Hollywood, Solo Photography Exhibition, St. Petersburg, Russia: May 18-30, 2013

Participant in the quadriART group exhibition at EAGL gallery Berlin, February 2-March 22, 2013.

Plastic Life, Solo Photography Exhibition at Where is Jesus Temporary Space, Berlin, April 5-19, 2013

Theater am Tisch, Writer for the experimental theater project ALTBAU, Berlin, April-October, 2013

8 x 8 Photography Exhibit, Silver Eye Center for Photography, May 2013, Pittsburgh, USA

Against Nature, semi-finalist in the 2010 British Feature Screenplay Competition; shortlisted for the Courage and Fortitude Award in the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Contest

Finalist for the 2009 World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship. Judge: Jason Edwards (National Geographic)

Participant in the Art Square Gallery exhibition, Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, May 1-30, 2009