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Karen Redrobe

Karen Redrobe

Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media

Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours

fall 2016

Thursdays 2-4pm and by appointment

Karen at the PMA's Creative Africa exhibition

Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman) is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media and Director of the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke UP, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Undead: Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. She has co-edited two volumes: Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography with Jean Ma (Duke UP, September 2008) and On Writing With Photography (Minnesota UP, 2013) with Liliane Weissberg, and is also the editor of Animating Film Theory (Duke UP, 2014), which explores the history of film theory's engagement (and lack of it) with animation: Her articles address a range of subjects, including  the evolving role of film theory in the 21st century, war and the academy, violence and media, community media, animation theory, feminism and terrorism, death penalty photography, the relationship between cinema and contemporary art, and cinematic tempo. For several years she served as a senior editor of the MIT journal Grey Room, and is now a member of its editorial board. She is also a member of the PMLA advisory board.

Courses include: Introduction to Film Theory, The Place of Film Theory, The Art of Animation, War and Film (Afghanistan and Iraq), Early Cinema: Old New Media, Cinema and Photography, Race, Sex and Gender in Early Cinema, Women and Film, Film History, The Road Movie, and Paul Strand. She is a core faculty member in the Cinema and Media Studies program; a member of graduate groups in the departments of German and English; a board member for the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; and a faculty affiliate of the LGBT center. She is a faculty fellow at Harrison College House. 

> Listen to archived recording of Karen Beckman's interview with filmmaker Werner Herzog at Slought Foundation, Thursday, October 25, 2007.

Courses Taught

spring 2020

spring 2019

ENGL 305.401 Global Film Theory  

spring 2018

ENGL 305.401 Global Film Theory  
ENGL 596.401 Art and Resistance  

spring 2017

ENGL 301.401 Cinema and Civil Rights  

spring 2016

spring 2014

ENGL 797.401 War and Film  

fall 2011

ENGL 797.401 The Art of Animation  

spring 2010

spring 2009

ENGL 095.401 Intro to Film Theory  
ENGL 591.401 Reading Gilles Deleuze  

spring 2008

ENGL 392.401 Cinema and Photography  

fall 2007

summer 2007

ENGL 061.950 British Cinema  

fall 2005

ENGL 091.401 Film History