Dr. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Professor of English and Film Studies
Cultural Studies / Film Theory / Feminist Criticism
Captive Bodies: Postcolonial Subjectivity in Cinema
Foster's feature-length documentary WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES is in the permanent collections of Barnard College, George Mason University, The University of Washington, and New York University, and has most recently been screened at the National Women's Studies Association 15th Annual Conference, Ames, Iowa, June 18, 1994 (with a lecture); The Films de Femmes Festival, Créteil, France, Spring, 1994; The Women in Film 9th International Film Festival, Universal City, California, March 5, 1994; and the Dallas Video Festival, November 13, 1993 (with a lecture on the making of the film).
Dr. Foster's awards and fellowships include a Research Fellowship, UNL Research Council, for the project "The Films of Alice Guy Blaché," involving travel to film archives in New Zealand and Amsterdam to view rare film prints of the films of Alice Guy Blaché, 1999; and the prestigious National Emerging Scholar Award, American Association of University Women, 1998, for teaching, research, and the mentoring of women students.
Dr. Foster has delivered a lecture at The Museum of Modern Art in New York on the films of Barbara Hammer, in conjunction with a screening of Hammer's work, and presented a paper on the work of filmmaker Safi Faye at the MLA National Convention in Washington, DC.
Recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Performance Art, Gwendolyn Foster also served as a judge for final selections of The Southwest Alternate Media Project Independent Production Fellowship Funds of the National Endowment for the Arts, July 29-31, 1993, in Houston, TX, and was a Juror for 16th Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Film Awards.
Dr. Foster's other articles include "The Post-Colonial Vision of The "Great White" of Lambaréné," Popular Culture Review, 11. 2 (Summer 2000); '"Character Zone: An Interview with Trinh T. Minh-ha," Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism, Sandra Liu and Darrell Y. Hamamoto, eds., Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000; "Feminist Theory and the Performance of Lesbian Desire in Persona," in Ingmar Bergman's Persona, Lloyd Michaels, ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000; "The Mechanics of the Performative Body in The Eighties," and "Introduction," in Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, ed., Flicks Books, 1999: "Diasporic Representations of Identity and Space in the films of Mira Nair," Deep Focus: A Film Quarterly 7. 3/4 (1999): '"Character Zone," Cinema-Intervals, Trinh T. Minh-ha, ed., New York: Routledge Press (1999); 227 245; "The Women in High Noon: The Metanarrative of Difference," in The Films of Fred Zinnemann, Arthur Nolletti, ed., State University of New York Press, 1999; "Foreword: Women Filmmakers." Women on the Other Side of the Camera: The St. James Women Filmmakers Encyclopedia. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1999: "Performativity and Gender in Alice Guy's La Vie du Christ," Film Criticism 23.1 (Fall, 1998), and "Safi Faye: Ethnographic Films and Questions of Subjectivity," Popular Culture Review 9. 2 (August 1998).
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The Women Who Made The Movies.
Women Who Made The Movies is in the permanent collections of Dartmouth College, The Australian Film /TV/Radio School, Vanderbilt University, Atlanta University, Mount Holyoke College, Central Michigan University Barnard College, George Mason University, University of Washington, New York University, Harvard University, San Diego State University, Rice University, California Institute of the Arts, Indiana University, University of Oklahoma, The African-American Institute, Forum Yokohama (Japan), Duke University, University of Texas at Austin, California State University at Bakersfield, University of Delaware Avila College, Goucher College, Boston Public Library, Speed Art Museum, University of Evansville, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Washington, The Nederlands Filmmuseum, The University of British Columbia and numerous other colleges, archives and universities. Women Who Made The Movies is used in many film classes, both at the K-12 level and at many universities. It has been screened at numerous international film festivals, and extensively reviewed.
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