Skip to Content

Menu Faculty

 

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 with honors, and has published in a wide range of international books and journals, including Cinema/Comparative Cinema (Barcelona), International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, NECSUS/European Journal of Media Studies and chapters for book anthologies such as Environment and Eco-Politics: History/Theory/Practice (Heffern, ed.); Film and Television after 9/11 (Wheeler-Dixon, ed.): Receptionsgeschte des Nationalsozialismus und seiner Verbrechen (Eschebach, et.al., eds.); and Cinema of the Arab World: Directions in Theory andn Practice (Ginsberg, ed.). Dr. Freda’s publications include film and 9/11, eco-politics and human-animal intersections in film, and visuality and the Nuclear Bomb in the post-war period in American culture.

Teaching Interests

The interplay between film history and its cultural and ideological context is the red thread that unifies her intensely multi-disciplinary research and teaching. Critical theory and the representation of race, gender, and class; European-American relations in film and video; Screening human-animal/nature interactions; Screening war; Extinction Cinema; Cinema and Memory.

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. Her book manuscript illuminates the crisis in the presidency and the status of "truth" through the lens of film theory and philosophy and the watershed historical moment marked by Ronald Reagan in 1980; Her second (ongoing) research project works to synthesize the vast body of work in Screen Studies in a way to supplement and transform eco-critical practice (a term now completely transformed by the Extinction crisis).

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: WOMEN DIRECTR Undergraduate
RTVF 170 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Undergraduate
RTVF 178 FILM STUDIES THESIS Undergraduate
RTVF 199 DEPT HONORS CAND:ESSAY/PROJECT Undergraduate
Photo of Isabelle Freda

OFFICE
L Herbert School of Comm 0309B
VOICE
516-463-4634
Send an Email

Hofstra Campus
Hofstra Events

Translate Our Site

Use Google Translate to read our site in your language.

Accessibility

If you are having any difficulty using this website, please contact the ITS Service Desk at Help@nullHofstra.edu or by calling 516-463-7777. Please identify the webpage address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered and we will address the issue. If you have a disability-related question regarding accessing the website, contact Student Access Services at SAS@nullhofstra.edu or call 516-463-7075.

About Hofstra

Hofstra University is an EO/AA/ADA educator and employer.
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY // Hempstead, New York 11549-1000 // (516) 463-6600 © Hofstra University All Rights Reserved