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This spring, Smith College will host Chris Holmlund, Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor of Film, Women's Studies and French at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, as the 2013-14 William Allan Neilson Professor.

Professor Holmlund will deliver three public lectures this semester, all take place at 5:00 in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.

Monday, February 3: Brand Arnold and Global Celebrity

Monday, March 3:
Sylvester Stallone: Blockbusters, Misfires and Bombs

Monday, April 7: Navigating Genre, Tweaking Type: Romance, Cusack Style

Click here for a PDF of the series poster.


Holmlund received her Ph.D. in French (her dissertation focused on the films of Marguerite Duras) from the Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching/research interests include film theory, history and criticism; American independent film; feminist, postcolonial and queer theory; genre film; star studies; and U.S., European, Scandinavian, Latin American, and African/Francophone cinemasis.

She is the author of Impossible Bodies (Routledge, 2002), editor of American Cinema of the 1990s (Rutgers University Press, 2008), co-editor (with Justin Wyatt) of Contemporary American Independent Film (Routledge, 2005) and (with Cynthia Fuchs) of Between the Sheets, In the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (Minnesota University Press, 1997). A fourth anthology, The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur, is forthcoming (April 2014 with Columbia University Press/Wallflower). She is working on Stars in Action (BFI), Female Trouble (Arsenal Pulp Press), and Being John Malkovich (Edinburgh University Press). She has published numerous articles and essays on experimental, documentary, and mainstream films made in Canada, Europe, the U.S., and Latin America, and is Past President (2013-2015) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

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