Maureen Turim received her BA (1973), MA (1975), and PhD (1978) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, degrees which included studies in France at the L’Université d’Aix-Marseille (1971–72), and L’École des Hautes Études and Paris III (1973–74). She taught at the State University of New York at Binghamton from 1977 until joining the UF faculty in 1991.
Professor Turim is author of Abstraction in Avant-Garde Films (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press), Flashbacks in Film: Memory and History (New York: Routledge), and The Films of Oshima: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast (Berkeley: University of California Press). She has published over one hundred essays in anthologies and journals on a wide range of theoretical, historical and aesthetic issues in cinema and video, art, cultural studies, feminist and psychoanalytic theory, and comparative literature. Several of these essays have appeared in translation in French and German. She has also written catalogue essays for museum exhibitions.
Her current book project, entitled Desire and its Ends: The Driving Forces of Recent Cinema, Literature, and Art, will look at the different ways desire structures narratives and images in various cultural traditions, and the way our very notion of desire may be shaped by these representations.