Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The next meeting of the Film and Media Studies PhD Colloquium will be held on Wednesday, November 30th, at 6 pm (Philosophy Hall, 302).

Christine Gledhill will be speaking about her research on the intersection between film and Victorian melodrama, and we will be discussing her seminal essay “Rethinking Genre.” The essay will be circulated in advance.

The Film and Media Studies Colloquium at Columbia is a collaborative group formed between the English, Theatre, and Film departments, welcoming PhD students, faculty, and scholars in all departments who are interested in or study film and media.

Before retiring, Christine Gledhill was Professor of Cinema Studies at Staffordshire University and since then Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, New York University and now at University of Sunderland, UK. She has recently concluded a visiting Senior Fellowship in the Institute of Cinepoetics, Free University, Berlin, contributing to their research programme on ‘Genre and Affect.’ She has written on feminist film criticism, melodrama, and British cinema, publishing in 2003 Reframing British Cinema, 1918-1928: Between Restraint and Passion. She has also published on early stardom, the film actress, and recently, scriptwriter Lydia Hayward. With Julia Knight she coordinated the establishment of the AHRC funded Women’s Film and Television History Network–UK/Ireland and co-organised the first of the Doing Women’s Film History conferences, held at University of Sunderland in April 2011. She has recently co-edited with Julia Knight, Doing Women’s Film History: Reframing Cinema Histories Past and Present (University of Illinois Press) and is currently working on a chapter on nineteenth-century domestic melodrama for Carolyn Williams’s Cambridge Companion to English Melodrama and with Linda Williams on an anthology, Melodrama Unbound, to be published by Columbia University Press.

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