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Robert Lang

Professor of Cinema


College of Arts and Sciences
860.768.5179 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 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.

Published Works

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, G. K. Hall, Palgrave Macmillan, and Wayne State University Press, in actes du colloque published by L’Harmattan (Paris), and in the journals: ScreenCinema JournalQuarterly Review of Film and VideoAmerican ImagoLiterature/Film QuarterlyFilm Journal (S.E.R.C.I.A. – Société d’Études et de Recherches sur le Cinéma Anglophone), 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). Le Mélodrame américain: Griffith, Vidor, Minnelli (L’Harmattan, 2008) is a translation by Noël Burch, one of modern film studies’ founding fathers, 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 edited by Geneviève Sellier. His most recent book, from Columbia University Press, is New Tunisian Cinema: Allegories of Resistance (2014).