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mw. dr. T.K. (Tarja) Laine

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
  • Bezoekadres
    BG 1
    Turfdraagsterpad 9  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
    T: 0205252852


Dr. Tarja Laine (Finland, 1971), Assistant Professor in Film Studies, is the author of Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky (2015),  Feeling Cinema: Emotional Dynamics in Film Studies (2011) and Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema (2007). Her essays on emotions and sensations in cinema and media have been published in journals such as Film-Philosophy, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Media, Culture & Society, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Studies in European Cinema, New Review of Film and Television Studies, PostScript and Film and Philosophy . Her research interests include cinematic emotions, film aesthetics and film-phenomenology.

Selected Publications



Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky. New York: Berghahn Books, 2015. 

Feeling Cinema: Emotional Dynamics in Film Studies. New York: Continuum, 2011. 

Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2007.


Contributions to books  

"Negative Feelings as Emotional Enhancement in Cinema: The Case of Ulrich Seidl's Paradise Trilogy." In The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television, edited by Michael Hauskeller, Thomas D. Philbeck and Curtis D. Carbonell, 246-258. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

"Dangerous Liaisons and Counterfeit Affections: Cinema as Seduction." In Acting and Performance in Moving Image Culture: Bodies, Screens, Renderings, edited by Jörg Sternagel, Deborah Levitt and Dieter Mersch, 248-258. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012.

"Hidden Shame Exposed: Hidden and the Spectator. In The Cinema of Michael Haneke, edited by Ben McCann and David Sorfa 247-255. London: Wallflower Press, 2012.

"Haneke's 'Funny' Games with the Audience (Revisited)." In On Michael Haneke, edited by Brian Price and John David Rhodes, 51-62. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010.

  "Failed Tragedy and Traumatic Love in Ingmar Bergman's Shame ." In Mind the Screen: Media Concepts According to Thomas Elsaesser, edited by Jaap Kooijman, Patricia Pisters and Wanda Strauven, 60-70. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008.

"Family Matters in Eat Drink Man Woman: Food Envy, Family Longing, or Intercultural Knowledge through the Senses?" In Shooting the Family: Transnational Media and Intercultural Values, edited by Patricia Pisters and Wim Staat, 103-114. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005.


International refereed journals   

"Art as a Guaranty for Sanity: The Skin I Live In." Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media 7 (Summer 2014).

"Imprisoned in Disgust: Roman Polanski's Repulsion ." Film-Philosophy 2 (2011): 35-50.

"Entangled Life: The Double Life of Véronique ." Film and Philosophy 15 (2011): 127-136: 

"SMS Scandals: Sex, Media and Politics in Finland." Media, Culture & Society 1 (2010): 151-160.

"'It's the Sense of Touch.' Skin in the Making of Cinematic Consciousness." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 1(2007): 35-48.

"Lars von Trier, Dogville, and the Hodological Space of Cinema." Studies in European Cinema 2 (2006): 129-141.


International non-refereed journals  

" The Diving Bell and the Butterfly as an Emotional Event." Midwest Studies in Philosophy 1 (2010): 295-305.

"Affective Telepathy, or the Intuition of the Heart: Persona with Mulholland Drive ." New Review of Film and Television Studies 3 (2009): 325-338.

"The Synaesthetic Turn" (with Wanda Strauven). New Review of Film and Television Studies 3 (2009): 249-255.

"Love is a Dangerous Game: Power and the Rules of Intimacy in Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 ." Cinemascope 6 (2006):

"Cinema as Second Skin: Under the Membrane of Horror Film." New Review of Film and Television Studies 2 (2006): 93-106.

  "Eija-Liisa Ahtila's Affective Images in House ." Mediascape 2 (2006):

"Shame on Us: Shame, National Identity and the Finnish Doping Scandal." The International Journal of the History of Sport 1 (2006): 67-81.

" American Psycho : A Double Portrait of Serial Yuppie Patrick Bateman" (with Jaap Kooijman). PostScript 3 (2003): 46-56.

"Jim Carrey: The King of Embarrassment." CineAction 55 (2001): 50-56.

"Empathy, Sympathy and the Philosophy of Horror in Kubrick's The Shining ." Film and Philosophy (2001): 72-88.


Popular scientific journals

"The Bear Necessities: Steam of Life." In Media Res (2013):





  • T. Laine (2010). SMS scandals: sex, media and politics in Finland. Media, Culture & Society, 32 (1), 151-160. doi: 10.1177/0163443709350379
  • T. Laine (2010). Haneke's 'funny' games with the audience (revisited). In B. Price & J.D. Rhodes (Eds.), On Michael Haneke (Contemporary approaches to film and television series) (pp. 51-62). Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.



  • T. Laine (2008). Failed tragedy and traumatic love in Ingmar Bergman's 'Shame'. In J. Kooijman, P. Pisters & W. Strauven (Eds.), Mind the screen: media concepts according to Thomas Elsaesser (pp. 60-70). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.




  • T. Laine (2015). Negative Feelings as Emotional Enhancement in Cinema: The Case of Ulrich Seidl's Paradise Trilogy. In M. Hauskeller, T.D. Philbeck, C.D. Carbonell & CD Carbonell (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television (pp. 246-256). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • T. Laine (2012). Dangerous liaisons and counterfeit affections: cinema as seduction. In J. Sternagel, D. Levitt & D. Mersch (Eds.), Acting and performance in moving image culture: bodies, screens, renderings (Metabasis: Transkriptionen zwischen Literaturen, Künsten und Medien, 7) (pp. 247-258). Bielefeld: Transcript.


  • T. Laine (2011). Feeling cinema: emotional dynamics in film studies. New York: Continuum.
  • T. Laine (2011). Hidden Shame Exposed: Hidden and the Spectator. In B. McCann & D. Sorfa (Eds.), The cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia (pp. 247-257). London: Wallflower Press.



  • T.K. Laine (2007). Shame and Desire : Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema (Repenser le cinéma / Rethinking Cinema, 3). Brussel: Peter Lang Publishing Group.
  • T.K. Laine (2007). ''Man bites Dog'' and 'the Vanishing ''. In S.J. Schneider (Ed.), 100 European Horror Films. Londen: BFI.


  • T. Laine (2013). [Review of the book Cinema and contact: the withdrawal of touch in Nancy, Bresson, Duras, and Denis]. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 11(3), 390-393.
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