Nenad Jovanovic, Ph.D.

School of Fine and Performing Arts
Associate Professor

Since joining Wright State in 2016, Nenad has developed and facilitated several film studies courses, covering topics as diverse as Eastern European New Wave cinemas, contemporary Iranian film, cinematic fairy tales, Jean-Luc Godard, the stage and the screen, and the international essay film. He also teaches the introductory production (MP 1800) and history (MP 2310) courses every spring.

Nenad's articles and book reviews have appeared in Apparatus, The Brecht Yearbook, Film & History, Film / Literature Quarterly, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Studies in Documentary Film, Theatralia, Theatre Symposium, and Traverses. He is also the author of Brechtian Cinemas (SUNY Press, 2017, paperback edition 2018), and is currently at work on a book-length study of reflexive nonfiction films. In addition to research, he publishes creative work in his native tongue of Serbo-Croat.



Brechtian Cinemas: Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Peter Watkins and Lars von Trier (SUNY Press, 2017; paperback edition: 2018).


Polja, no. 514 (November – December 2018): “Bertolt Brecht”. 142,000 words. (N)


"The Show About the Show as a Brechtian Text." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Published online: August 10, 2023: 1-24. (R)

"Playing for and Against the Microphone: The Theatrical Soundstage, the Cinematic Meeting Interface." Theatralia 26.1 (2023): 11-28. (R)

“Interruption, Contradiction, Refraction: Reassemblage (1982) as a Work of Practical Theory and Theoretical Practice.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Published online: June 13, 2022: 1-28. (R)

“Nostalgic from the Hip: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Lomokino Short.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Published online: September 1, 2021: 1-17. (R)

“Mockumentary between Factual and Poetic Truth: The Case of Tehran Has No More Pomegranates.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Published online: July 20, 2021: 1-26. (R)

“The Semiotics of Insurrection: Farocki and Ujică's Videograms of a Revolution.” Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe 10,  2020: n. pag. (R)

“The Medium (Non-) Specific: Rope, Dogville, and  Mukařovský's Space-as-Meaning.” Theatralia 22.2 (Supplementum) (2019): 96-108. (R)

“The I-Doc and Brecht: 18 Days in Egypt.” The Brecht Yearbook 42 (2017): 186-97. (R)

“Reflexivity as Dialecticity: the Brechtian Documentary and The Act of Killing”, Traverses - la revue de, 2017/01, Formes politiques, politique des formes. (N)

“Life in a Day: Ideology of Form, Form of Ideology.” Studies in Documentary Film. 10.1 (2016): 37-52. (R)

“Between the Poles of Eisensteinian Aesthetics: Editing Patterns in Peter Watkins’ Biographical Films.” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 4.1 (2014): 117-132. (R)

“Estranging the Postmodern: Brechtian Resonances in Lars von Trier.” The Brecht Yearbook 37 (2012): 62-81. (R)

“Montage and Theatricality as Sources of Estrangement: a Tendency in Contemporary Brechtian Cinema.” Theatre Symposium 19 (2011): 111-128. (R)

“Brecht, Lear, and the Modified Verfremdung.” Film / Literature Quarterly 39:1 (January 2011): 39-53. (R)


"Liveness and Its Pandemical Other." Laura Bissell and Lucy Weir (eds.) Performance in a Pandemic. Theatralia 26.1: 109-13.

Futurist Cinema by Rossella Catanese, ed. Film & History 50.1 (2020): 96-98.

Sergei Eisenstein and the Anthropology of Rhythm by Marie Rebecchi and Elena Vogman. Apparatus 9 (2019): n.pag.

Political Theory and Film: From Adorno to Žižek by Ian Fraser. Film & History. Film & History 49.1 (2019): 91-93.

Montage as Perceptual Experience: Berlin Alexanderplatz from Döblin to Fassbinder by Mario Slugan. Apparatus 7 (2018): n.pag.

Politics as Form in Lars von Trier: A Post-Brechtian Reading by Angelos Koutsourakis. The Brecht Yearbook 39 (2014): 302-307.


Jack Gilbert: Refusing Heaven (English to Serbo-Croat; forthcoming with Kulturni Centar Novog Sada)

Bertolt Brecht:“Testimony Before the [HUAC] Committee” (English to Serbo-Croat; Polja no. 514: 66-83)

Douglas Kellner: “Brecht's Marxist Aesthetics” (English to Serbo-Croat; Polja no. 514: 116-28)

Peter Brooker: “Keywords in Brecht's Theatre Theory and Practice of Theatre (English to Serbo-Croat; Polja no. 514: 129-41)

Marc Silberman: “Brecht and Film” (English to Serbo-Croat; Polja no. 514: 338-356)

Bertolt Brecht and Lion Feuchtwanger: Die Gesichte der Simone Machard (German to Serbo-Croat; Polja no. 514: 274-311)


Kain i Abot, Avelj i Kostelo. Beograd: Arhipelag, 2023.

“Autumn”; “Sancta Simplicitas.” Atlanta Review. Trans. (from Serbo-Croat to English) by Biljana Obradović and Nenad Jovanović, forthcoming.

“Seagulls.” Trans. (from Serbo-Croat to English) by Nenad Jovanović Lotus-eater 12, 2020: 41.

Običnost. Kraljevo: Povelja, 2020

Klase. Kraljevo: Povelja, 2018

“Daar”; “De Rege Van Het Geloof.” Trans. (from Serbo-Croat to Dutch) by Biljana Rasulić. Awater 1, Winter 2018: 34.

“Fable”; “Words of Doubt”; “A Break in a Factory of Everyday”; “An Engaged Poet”; “A Member of the Shuar People.” Cat Painters: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Poetry. Eds. Biljana D. Obradović and Dubravka Djurić, trans. (from Serbo-Croat to English) by Biljana D. Obradović (New Orleans: Dialogos Press, 2016): 343-347.

Niz gelender. Beograd: Fabrika knjiga, 2015

Delfini. Kraljevo: Povelja, 2014

“Contemporaneidad”; “El poeta comprometido”; “El manifestó.” El Color de la Esencia: Monográfico de Poesía Serbia Contemporánea. Ed. and trans. (to Spanish) by Silvija Monros Stojaković, Anfora Nova 93-94 (2013): 103-105.

“Crveno / Rot”; “Jeftin viski / Billiger Whiskey; “Svilen konac / Der seidene Faden”; “Živeti na moderan i umreti na starinski način / Modern leben und sterben auf altmodische Art” Ulaznica / Eintrittskarte: Srbija: Panorama pesnišyva 21. veka / Serbien: Panorama der Lyrik des 21. Jahrhunderts. Ed and trans. (from Serbo-Croat to German) by Dragoslav Dedović. Klagenfurt: Drava, 2011: 189 – 200.

Lice mesta. Kraljevo: Povelja, 2007

Ogled o zidu. Beograd: Fabrika Knjiga, Belgrade, 2006

Insistiranje. Beograd: Narodna knjiga, 2005

Živeti na moderan i umreti na starinski način. Kraljevo: Povelja, 2004.

Bolest vožnje. Kraljevo: Povelja, 2002.

Education History

2011   Doctor of Philosophy (Drama), Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto

2003  Master of Fine Arts (Screenwriting), School of Film and Video, York University

1998  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Directing for Film and TV), University of the Arts (Belgrade)

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