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Mikita Brottman, PhD


Mikita Brottman is a cultural critic, author, and psychoanalyst with a particular interest in psychological readings of film, literature and culture. She has a D.Phil in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and a second Ph.D in psychoanalysis. Her D.Phil focused in the application of contemporary critical theory to popular culture, with emphasis on the work of Roland Barthes, Mikhail Bakhtin and Jacques Lacan. Her Ph.D considered the relationship between Freudian psychoanalysis and the occult, particularly the notion of thought-transference. She was formerly Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and was Chair of the program in Humanities with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute from 2008 to 2010. She has taught over fifty different courses in various departments, including English, comparative literature, film studies, humanities, clinical psychology and mythological studies. Her articles and case studies have appeared in Film Quarterly, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, New Literary History, American Imago, and elsewhere. She is the author of numerous books, including High Theory, Low Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), Offensive Films (Vanderbilt University Press, 2005), and The Solitary Vice (Counterpoint, 2009). Learn more about Mikita Brottman at her website,