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Robert Lang, PhD



School of Communication - Cinema Program

Abrahms Hall Room 106



PhD - Columbia University
MPhil - Columbia University
BA - Hunter College

Robert Lang is the University of Hartford's first Professor of Cinema.  He earned his Ph.D. degree at Columbia University in 1986, and has taught film and cultural studies at a number of colleges and universities both here and abroad, including:  Columbia University, New York University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, The College of Staten Island, the University of Tunis, and the Université de Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux III.

Dr. Lang is a well regarded instructor who has taught a wide range of courses at Hartford, including Road Movies, The Western, Popular Heroes, Arab Cinema, French Cinema, Israeli Cinema, Orientalism in Film, Film Analysis and Film History.

Le Mélodrame américain: Griffith, Vidor, Minnelli (L'Harmattan, 2008) is a translation of Lang's first book, American Film Melodrama: Griffith, Vidor, Minnelli (Princeton University Press, 1989), chosen for inclusion in L'Harmattan's "Champs visuels étrangers" series by Geneviève Sellier and Noël Burch, one of modern film studies' founding fathers.

Dr. Lang has published widely in his field, both in French and in English, with articles that have appeared in a number of anthologies published by Routledge and G. K. Hall, in actes du colloque published by L'Harmattan (Paris), and in the journals:  Screen, Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Journal of North African Studies, and IBLA: Revue de l'Institut des belles lettres arabes.  He is also the author of Masculine Interests: Homoerotics in Hollywood Film (Columbia University Press, 2002), and the editor of The Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffith, director (Rutgers University Press, 1994).  He is currently at work on a book-length project, New Tunisian Cinema: Allegories of Resistance.