Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Film Studies Professor / Cultural Theorist / Filmmaker
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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is the Willa Cather Professor of English and Film Studies
in the Department of English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, specializing in film, class, race and gender studies, as well as eco-critical approaches to film and popular culture.
Her most recent books include
Disruptive Feminisms: Raced, Gendered, and Classed Bodies in Film(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015);
Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers and the Culture of Apocalypse
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); A Short History of Film (Rutgers University Press, co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon, 2008; second edition 2013); 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation (Rutgers University Press, co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon, 2011); Class-Passing: Social Mobility in Film and Popular Culture(Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); and Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions(State University of New York Press, 2003).
Her many other books include the classic anthology
Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman(Southern Illinois University Press, 2003); Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader (Routledge, 2002);Troping the Body: Etiquette, Conduct and Dialogic Performance(Southern Illinois University Press, 2000);Captive Bodies: Postcolonialism in the Cinema(State University of New York Press, 1999);Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora: Decolonizing the Gaze, Locating Subjectivity(Southern Illinois UP, 1997); and Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary (Greenwood Press, 1995).
Foster's book,Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions,was cited by the journal Choice as "Essential . . . one of the Outstanding Academic Books of the Year."