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Mikita Brottman

Mikita Brottman (born 1966) is a British American non-fiction author, scholar, and psychoanalyst known for her interest in true crime. Her writing blends a number genres, often incorporating elements of autobiography, psychoanalysis, forensic psychology, and literary history.

Mikita Brottman
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Mikita Brottman, New Mercury Readings, Baltimore 2016
Born1966 (age 52–53)
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
OccupationAuthor, scholar, psychoanalyst


Life and careerEdit

Brottman was born in Sheffield, England, and educated at St. Hilda's College and St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford, from which she received a D.Phil in English Language and Literature (1994) [1] . She was Visiting Professor of Comparative literature at Indiana University and was Chair of the Program in Humanities with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute from 2008 to 2010.[2] She is currently a Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore [3]. Brottman also works in the Maryland prison system and in forensic psychiatric facilities [4].


Brottman's work has included writing on horror films, critical theory, reading, psychoanalysis, animals, and the work of the American folklorist, Gershon Legman. Her articles and case studies have appeared in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, New Literary History, American Imago, and other journals. Her essays have also appeared in a number of books and anthologies. Her book The Solitary Vice: Against Reading (2009) was selected as one of the Best Books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly, who said: "Sharp, whimsical and impassioned, Brottman's look at the pleasures and perils of compulsive reading is itself compulsively readable and will connect with any book lover." [5] In 2018, a Spanish edition was published by Blackie Books, under the title Contra La Lectura. [6]

The most consistent focus of Brottman's work, however, is her reconsideration and transformation of the true crime genre.Thirteen Girls (Nine-Banded Books, 2012) is a story cycle of fictionalized narratives, each based on a real victim of a serial killer, each told from a different perspective. According to a review of the book in Rain Taxi, "Brottman’s grimly pragmatic literary stance recalls such earlier artists of the quotidian macabre as Shirley Jackson and Flannery O’Connor: Thirteen Girls is an impressive successor to their stories of American dread." [7] The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men's Prison (2016) describes Brottman's relationship with nine inmates in a reading group she started at Jessup Correctional Institution, a men's maximum security prison, and their reactions to the works of classic literature they read together.[8]

Brottman's podcast, Forensic Transmissions, is a curated collection of unedited public domain audio files [9]

Personal lifeEdit

Brottman is the partner of the American film critic David Sterritt.


  • Car Crash Culture (ed.), New York: Palgrave, 2002.
  • Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor, Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, Inc., 2004.
  • Offensive Films, Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2005.
  • High Theory, Low Culture, New York: Palgrave, 2005.
  • The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, Los Angeles: Counterpoint, 2009.[10]
  • Phantoms of the Clinic: From Thought-Transference to Projective Identification, Karnac Books, 2011.
  • Hyena, Reaktion Books - Animal, 2012.[11]
  • Thirteen Girls, Nine Banded Books, 2012.
  • The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals, Harper Collins, 2014.
  • The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men's Prison, Harper Collins, 2016.
  • An Unexplained Death: A True Story of a Body at the Belvedere, Henry Holt, 2018.


  1. ^ "The maximum security book club | Oxford Today". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
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  3. ^ "The maximum security book club | Oxford Today". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  4. ^ Rodricks, Dan. "Danger in books, and in people who read them". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  5. ^ Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009
  6. ^ "Contra la lectura – Blackie Books". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  7. ^ "THIRTEEN GIRLS | Rain Taxi". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  8. ^ Rodricks, Dan. "Officials ax 'Maximum Security Book Club' at Jessup". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  9. ^ "Best of 2017". Discover podcasts | The Audit. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  10. ^ Interview with Charles Taylor, Boston Phoenix, 15 April 2008
  11. ^ Goodreads. "Hyena". Goodreads. Retrieved 18 December 2015.

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