Embodied cinema

By: Ava Fan,  Cornell Research
January 9, 2017

The experience of going to the movies, eyes glued to the screen as the smell of popcorn fills the air, is familiar to almost everyone. Regardless of whether one is a cinephile or only goes to see blockbuster movies during the summer, films have played a role in many people’s lives. Often, film is considered merely a visual medium or a source of entertainment, but beyond that, what else can films reveal?

Elizabeth Wijaya, a fourth-year PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, studies Asian cinema, continental philosophy, and critical theory and her work is featured in this Cornell Research story. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in literary arts from the National University of Singapore. As an undergraduate, Wijaya was involved in filmmaking. Her first co-directed feature film, I Have Loved, was in competition at several international film festivals. After her undergraduate degree, Wijaya decided to pursue her studies further and notes that a “huge pull factor,” which drew her to Cornell was the strength of the Comparative Literature Department and background in critical theory.

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