Margaret D Hennefeld

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Cultural Stdy/Comparative Literature
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
235 Nicholson Hall

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. : Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2014.
  • B.A. : Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2006.


  • Comedy
  • Film theory / historiography
  • Feminist theory / gender politics
  • Silent cinema
  • Critical theory
  • Popular culture
  • Media studies
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Curator of "Nasty Women of Silent Cinema" (silent film program at Pordenone Giornate del Cinema Muto, 2017):
  • Co-Editor of Overview Essays: Women Film Pioneers Project , 2016
  • Co-Curator: "Genders of Laughter" Film Program and Symposium (TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto) , Oct. 2014
  • Co-Organizer: Feminist & Women's Media Festival (Brown University, Providence, RI) , March, 2014
  • Steering Committee: Comedy and Humor Studies Scholarly Interest Group (Society of Cinema and Media Studies) , 2014-present
  • Curator: "The Slapstick Show" (Magic Lantern Film Series, Providence, RI) , April, 2012
  • Co-Organizer: Terror and the Inhuman Conference (Brown University, Providence, RI) , Oct. 2012
  • Co-Organizer: The Women's Film Festival (Providence, RI) , Oct. 2010
  • Editorial Assistant: differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies , 2013 - 2014


  • Unwatchable: volume co-editor: (forthcoming, Rutgers University Press)
  • Abject Comedy: volume co-editor: (forthcoming, Duke University Press)


  • Screenwriter: "Distracted Spectators",
  • Film Critic / Writer: Slant Magazine, Film Comment, Highbrow,
  • Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes. Hennefeld, Margaret, Columbia University Press, Author, 2018. LinkImage
  • Death from Laughter, Female Hysteria, and Early Cinema: Hennefeld, Margaret, Duke University Press, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 27.3 45-92, 2016. Link
  • Slapstick Comediennes in Transitional Cinema: Between Body and Medium: Hennefeld, Margaret, Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, 86 , Sept., 2014. Link
  • Destructive Metamorphosis: The Comedy of Female Catastrophe and Feminist Film Historiography: Hennefeld, Margaret, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 36 , Nov., 2014. Link
  • Women's Hats and Silent Film Spectatorship: Between Ostrich Plume and Moving Image: Hennefeld, Margaret, Indiana University Press, Film History: An International Journal, 28.3 24-53, 2016. Link
  • Laughter in the Age of Trump: Hennefeld, Margaret, Flow Journal: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, 2016. Link
  • Miniature Women, Acrobatic Maids, and Self-Amputating Domestics: Comediennes of the Trick Film: Hennefeld, Margaret, Early Popular Visual Culture, 13.2 , May, 2015. Link
  • The Politics of Hyper-Visibility in Leni Riefenstahl's 'The Blue Light': Hennefeld, Margaret, Women and the Silent Screen Conference VI Proceedings, 2013.
  • The Geopolitics of Narrative Parody in Ulrike Ottinger's 'Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia': Hennefeld, Margaret, Media Fields, 3 , Summer 2011. Link
  • Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913): Expanded Essay for the National Film Registry: Hennefeld, Margaret, Library of Congress Website. Link
  • The Exploits of Elaine (1914): Expanded Essay for the National Film Registry: Hennefeld, Margaret, Library of Congress Website. Link
  • Cissy Fitzgerald: Career Profile: Hennefeld, Margaret, Women Film Pioneers Project. Link
  • Book Review, "The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning": Hennefeld, Margaret, Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, May 2013. Link
  • Book Review, "The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay": Hennefeld, Margaret, Journal of American Humor Studies, 2014. Link
  • U of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid, 2017 - 2019
  • IAS Residential Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Fall 2016
  • Jack Rosenbalm Prize for American Humor (American Humor Studies Association), 2016
  • Faculty Imagine Fund Recipient, 2016
  • Annette Kuhn Essay Award (Screen Journal), 2015
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Jackman Humanities Center, University of Toronto, 2014 - 2015
  • Program for the Arts Grant, Jackman Humanities Institute , 2014
  • Mary J. Langlois Dissertation Prize (Brown University) , 2014
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship to lead research workshop on "Image Spectrality", 2011 - 2012
  • Pordenone Giornate Collegium Scholarship , 2012 - 2013
  • Pembroke Center Graduate Fellowship (Brown University), 2010 - 2011
  • Jack Rosenbalm for American Humor, Feb., 2016
  • Faculty Residential Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, Fall 2016