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Gwendolyn Foster

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster attended Douglass College for Women, part of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where she earned her BA in English and a certificate in Women's Studies. She later earned her Master’s degree and her doctorate in English, with an emphasis on cinema studies, women's literature, and popular culture, and now teaches at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as a Professor in the Department of English, specializing in film, class, race and gender studies, as well as eco-critical approaches to film and popular culture.

Her many books include A Short History of Film (Rutgers University Press, co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon, second edition 2013.

Foster and Dixon also serve as Series Editors for New Perspectives on World Cinema, a new series of books published internationally with Anthem Press, UK. Foster also writes regularly for the web journal Film International on a wide variety of TV and film related topics including, for example, eco-horror, apoco-tainment and environmental approaches to cinema.

Foster teaches a broad variety of courses that reflect her diverse interests: including Ozu and Asian Cinema, Bresson and French Cinema, Spanish and Mexican cinema, and The Films of Luis Bunuel. Her documentary film, WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES is distributed by Women Make Movies, New York, and has become a classic in the field of feminist cinema history. (8/14)


Women Who Made the Movies
A film by Gwendolyn Foster and Wheeler Dixon, 1992, 55 min., Color/BW

WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES traces the careers and films of such pioneer women filmmakers as Alice Guy Blaché, Ruth Ann Baldwin, Ida Lupino, Leni Riefen...



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