Dr. Tarja Laine (Finland, 1971), Assistant Professor in Film Studies, is the author of Reframing Trauma in Contemporary Fiction Film (2023), Emotional Ethics of The Hunger Games (2021), 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.
Reframing Trauma in Contemporary Fiction Film. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2023.
Emotional Ethics of The Hunger Games. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
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
“Not Quite Romantic Comedy.” In Gender: Laughter, edited by Bettina Papenburg, 55-69. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, Farmington Hills: Macmillan Reference.
"Religion as Environmental Ethics: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah." In Close Encounters between Bible and Film: An Interdisciplinary Engagement, edited by Laura Copier and Caroline Vander Stichele, 173-183. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016.
"Mea Maxima Vulva: Appreciation and aesthetics of chance in Nymphomaniac." In Lars von Trier's Women, edited by Rex Butler and David Denny, 233-246. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
"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
“Darren Aronofsky.” Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford University Press, 25 October 2018.
“Moves And Countermoves: Visual Technologies of Fear and Counter-Technologies of Hope in The Hunger Games Quadrilogy.” Cinephile 12:1.
"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).