University of Rochester
Sharon Willis

Sharon Willis

PhD. (French Literature), Cornell University, 1984
Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies
Director of the Film and Media Studies Program

Department of Art & Art History
517 Morey Hall
(585) 273-5621

  • Interests:
  • Feminist theory
  • Film theory and visual analysis
  • Cultural studies
  • Modern French literature and literary theory
  • Publications:
  • Marguerite Duras: Writing on the Body (1986)
  • Male Trouble, co-editor, with Constance Penley (1993)
  • High Contrast: Race and Gender in Contemporary Cinema
  • Current book project is "Islands in the Sun: The Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacies in Film 1949-2003"
  • Recent Articles In:
  • Keyframes: Popular Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • Reinventing Film Theory
  • The Road Movie
  • Boys: Masculinities in Contemporary Culture
  • "Alterity and Marginality in New European Cinemas," with Randall Halle in Camera Obscura special issues #44 and #46
  • Articles Forthcoming In:
  • The Norton Film Reader and Camera Obscura, #54
  • "Dead Zones: Geometrics of Space and Place in Monster's Ball" in progress, Co-Editor, Camera Obscura
  • Courses:
  • AH 211/411 The Films of Jean-Luc Godard
  • AH 253 Film History: 1929-1959