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.