Graduate Faculty

Flitterman-Lewis, Sandy

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  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Department of English
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  • Office: Murray Hall, Room 054







Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

M.A., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Feminist theory, film, and cinema studies; World War II and Holocaust; television and contemporary culture; theories of national identity; French cinema, & culture

Biographical Notes

Professor Flitterman-Lewis' publications include: To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema (1st ed.; Illinois, 1990), To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema, (2nd edition; Columbia University Press, 1996), New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics (Routledge, 1992), Essay-Chapters in 30 anthologies; articles in 36 scholarly journals.  She organized Hidden Voices: Childhood, The Family, and Anti semitism in Occupation France (A symposium on daily life and material culture in France during World War II with an emphasis on the lives of children; Columbia University, Maison Francaise, April 3-4, 1998) and co-founded Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism and Film Theory and Discourse: Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. Her work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Croatian, Russian, Basque, and German.  Her pioneering study of avant-garde French filmmaker Germaine Dulac was recognized at a major retrospective of the director's work at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, where she was a featured speaker.

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Selected Publications

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  • "Review of The Queen", Cineaste: America's leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema, Spring 2007
  • "Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies", Camera Obscura 61.21.1, 2006
  • "Review of Army of Shadows", Cineaste: America's leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema, Fall 2006
  • "The Spirit of Resistance: An Interview with Bertand Tavernier", co-authored with Richard Porton. Cineaste: America's leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema, Spring 2003
  • "The Blossom and the Bole: Narrative and Visual Spectacle in Early Film Melodrama", Cinema Journal 33.3, Spring 1994
  • "Fascination, Friendship, and the 'Eternal Feminine,' or the Discursive Production of (Cinematic) Desire", The French Review 66.6, May 1993

Courses Offered


  • Introduction to Film
  • Topics in Comparative Literature
  • Women and Film


  • Senior Seminar: Film Theory
  • Femme Fatale in Film Noir
  • Film and Society
  • Film Genres
  • Film Melodrama
  • French New Wave
  • Godard/Resnais
  • History/Memory/Social Conscience
  • Introduction to Film
  • Major Film Makers
  • Renoir/Lang
  • Surrealism & Cinema
  • Theories of Women and Film
  • World Cinema in the Cinema