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Mikita Brottman, Ph.D


Mikita Brottman is an author and psychoanalyst with particular interests in true crime, forensics, psychoanalysis, animals, abjection, and the unexplained. She had a Ph.D in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, in which she focused on contemporary critical theory, with emphasis on the work of Roland Barthes, Mikhail Bakhtin and Jacques Lacan. She was formerly Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and was Chair of the Program in Humanities and Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute from 2008 to 2010.  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 academic books, including High Theory, Low Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), The Solitary Vice (Counterpoint, 2009, and Hyena (Reaktion, 2013), as well as commercial books like The Greay Grisby (HarperCollins, 2014).  She also teaches prisoners in with the Jessup Correctional Institute Prison Scholars Prorgam, and her book about this work, The Maximum Security Book Club, is coming out in May 2016 from HarperCollins. Learn more about Mikita Brottman at her website,


Books by Mikita Brottman

The Maximum Security Book Club (Harper Collins, 2016)

The Great Grisby (Harper Collins, 2014)

Thirteen Girls (Nine Banded Books, 2012)

Hyena (Reaktion Books, 2012)

Phantoms of the Clinic (Karnac Books, 2011)

The Solitary Vice (Counterpoint, 2008)

High Theory / Low Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Car Crach Culture (ed). (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)