Jennifer Wild, University of Chicago

Associate Professor Chicago, Illinois jenniferwild@uchicago.edu

Bio/Research

In my research and teaching I focus on the history and theory of modernism and the avant-garde; experimental film; French cinema; the history of film exhibition; and the cinema’s relation to the other arts. In each of these areas, I strive to show how the close study of films and their culture in...

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Bio/Research

In my research and teaching I focus on the history and theory of modernism and the avant-garde; experimental film; French cinema; the history of film exhibition; and the cinema’s relation to the other arts. In each of these areas, I strive to show how the close study of films and their culture informs, and is informed by, a vast history of images and creative traditions from across the arts and literature. While I understand films as objects that participate in a multi-disciplinary lineage of formal, economic, and aesthetic resonance, in my work I also emphasize the historical dimension of projection, exhibition, and cinema-going as visual and cultural practices. These aspects allow me to explore aesthetic questions from an interdisciplinary but also deeply historical perspective. I am equally interested in historiography and in developing new methodological approaches to the history of film, cinema, visual culture, and artistic tradition.

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