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Isabelle Freda

Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film


Degrees

PHD, 2009, New York Univ (NYU); MA, 1995, New York Univ (NYU); BA, 1984, Hobart/William Smith Coll


Bio

Isabelle Freda is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Hofstra University . She received her Ph.D. from New York University. Recent course topics include Women Directors, Science Fiction Film, Film History, Films of the 80s, European Directors, Film Theory, Romantic Comedy and The Western. Dr. Freda’s publications include articles on film and 9/11, eco-politics and avant-garde cinematic practice, human-animal intersections in film, and visuality and the Nuclear Bomb in the post-war period in American culture. Her book project addresses the intersection of bio-politics and post-war visual culture in the presidential campaign film.

Teaching Interests

The interplay between film history and its cultural and ideological context: Film Theory and new modes of surveillance and self-representation; European-American relations in film; Re-investigations of classical categories of film genre such as Romantic Comedy, the Western, Science Fiction. Interdisciplinary courses such as Films of the 80s, Women Directors, European Cinema.

Research Interests

As a Fellow at the American Council on Germany, she received funding to conducted research in Berlin on the “Marshall Plan Films,�?work which will form part of a forthcoming publication on Billy Wilder's film A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948). She was awarded a Woodward and Bernstein Investigative Fund Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin which allowed Dr. Freda to pursue a study of the intersection of film and media history as uncovered by investigative journalists such as Jessica Mitford and Rachel Carson. Her research on the correspondance of Ingmar Bergman focusses on the way that American audiences reacted to his films in the late 50s and early 60s and finally, her latest project centers on the almost unknown short film made by Ken Russell, "A Kitten for Hitler."

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
RTVF 010 (AA) INTRO TO CINEMA STUDIES Undergraduate
RTVF 137A FILM HISTORY Undergraduate
RTVF 137B FILM HISTORY Undergraduate
RTVF 139 FILM THEORY Undergraduate
RTVF 150 INDEP STUDY/READINGS Undergraduate
RTVF 158 FILM AUTHORSHIP: EURO DIRECTRS Undergraduate
RTVF 170 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Undergraduate
RTVF 180DH NEW YORK AND FILM CULTURE Undergraduate
RTVF 199 DEPT HONORS CAND:ESSAY/PROJECT Undergraduate
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