Professor of French & Italian and Comparative Literature
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0353
Office: Taper Hall of Humanities, Room 229T
Ph.D. City University of New York
Her specialties include cultural studies; cinema; Italian literature and culture; psychoanalysis; and visual theory.
Professor Pinkus is the author of Bodily Regimes: Italian Advertising under Fascism (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1995; winner of the Marraro Prize for the best book in Italian Studies in 1996) and Picturing Silence: Emblem, Language, Counter-Reformation Materiality (University of Michigan Press, "The Body, in Theory" series, 1996). A forthcoming book, Everyday Death, takes the form of notes for an unrealizable screenplay on a celebrated murder case from 1950s Italy (she is also working on adapting the case for the screen). Professor Pinkus has translated works by Giorgio Agamben and Renato Barilli from Italian; she has also written on a variety of topics including; photography, futurism, race and representation, anamorphosis and anorexia in the visual field, and punk rock. She currently serves a coordinator of graduate admissions in the department.