Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
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Born (1960-11-04) November 4, 1960 (age 56)
United States
Residence Lincoln, Nebraska
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Education Rutgers BA English 1983
University of Nebraska MA, 1992 University of Nebraska PhD 1995
Alma mater Douglass College, Rutgers University
Occupation Willa Cather Professor of English
Employer University of Nebraska
Spouse(s) Wheeler Winston Dixon

AAUW Emerging Scholar (1998)[1]

College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2004)
Website Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is a prolific film scholar and filmmaker[1][2][3][4] with a focus on numerous areas related to cinema,[5][6][7][8][9] often with an emphasis on gender, race, eco-feminism, lgbtq sexuality, eco-theory, and class studies - in film studies and cultural studies.[10][11] From 1999 through the end of 2014, she was co-editor along with Wheeler Winston Dixon of the Quarterly Review of Film and Video.[4][12][13] In 2016, she was named Willa Cather Endowed Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.[14]


Foster received a B.A. Degree in English from Rutgers University in 1983, and earned a master's degree in 1992 and her doctorate (in English) at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, in 1995.[14] Foster has written about film-related topics such as eco-feminism,[14] underground film,[15][16] avant garde film,[14][14][14][17] cultural studies, feminist and Marxist critical theory, and women directors.[18][19] Foster has made films including the 1991 documentary Women Who Made The Movies[2][20] as well as the 1994 feature film Squatters,[21] and more recently, a number of short films including the Gaia Triptych (2016) a series of short eco-horror and eco-feminist experimental films including Waste, Not, and Want Not. Foster's other short films include such Earth TV, Echo and Narcissus, Tenderness, Eros and Psyche, Pre-Raphaelite Falls, The Passenger, Pop. 1280 For Jim Thompson, Mirror, Amphitrite, and many other titles. Her films have been screened internationally.

Foster and Dixon are the coauthors of the popular film history textbook, A Short History of Film. Foster and Dixon are Series Editors of "Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture," a series of books offering fresh perspectives on film and popular culture published by Rutgers University Press. Dixon and Foster are also Series Editors of "New Perspectives on World Cinema Series" a collection of monographs on global studies in international cinema published by Anthem in the UK. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster publishes in many journals such as Choice, Senses of Cinema, Film International, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. She writes and publishes extensively on film studies and cultural studies, along with her filmmaking and installation art projects.

Foster teaches a broad variety of courses that reflect her diverse interests: Experimental Filmmakers, Queer theory and lgbtq film, Apoco-tainment, Eco-Horror and Environmentalism in TV and Film, Italian Postwar Cinema, Challenging, Difficult and Disruptive Films, Spectators as co-authors, Women Filmmakers in Film History, the films of Luis Buñuel, Chantal Akerman, Lucrecia Martel, and Kelly Reichardt, Gender and Film Censorship, Feminist and Marxist Approaches to Film, "Woman's Pictures" and Melodrama, Female Spectatorship, Queer Spectatorship, Race & Post/colonialism in Film, Social Class and Social Mobility in Film, Moms, Maids, & Sex Workers - Redefining Female Heroes in Film, Masculinity in Media, Ozu, Bresson and Dreyer, Japanese and Asian Cinema, Latin American cinema, French Film Directors, Atomic anti-communist hysteria films, screenwriting, and many other courses.


  • Disruptive Feminisms: Raced, Gendered, and Classed Bodies in Film (Palgrave Pivot, 2016)
  • Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers, and the Culture of Apocalypse (Palgrave Pivot, 2014)
  • 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation, co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon, Rutgers University Press, 2011[22]
  • A Short History of Film co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon (Rutgers, 2008)[4]
  • Class-Passing: Performing Social Mobility in Film and Popular Culture (Southern Illinois, 2005) [4]
  • Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions (SUNY, 2003)[4]
  • Experimental Cinema: the Film Reader, London: Routledge, 2002[15]
  • 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)[23]
  • Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora: Decolonizing the Gaze, Locating Subjectivity" (Southern Illinois University Press, 1997)
  • Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1995[18]
  • Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman (Southern Illinois UP, 20013)[24]


  1. ^ a b May 6, 1998, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, FOSTER RECEIVES EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska, has won the American Association of University Women Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars. ... The award selection is based on demonstrated excellence in teaching, a documented and active research record, evidence of mentoring female students, and evidence of a potentially significant contribution to the awardee's field of study. ..."
  2. ^ a b The New York Times, 1991, review, Women Who Made the Movies (1991), Accessed Aug. 25, 2013, "...This documentary by filmmakers Gwendolyn Foster and Wheeler Dixon pays homage to women directors and filmmakers..."
  3. ^ Gwendolyn Audrey Foster (2003). "Community, Loss, and Regeneration: An Interview with Wheeler Winston Dixon". Senses of Cinema (27). 
  4. ^ a b c d e York College of Pennsylvania, Literature/Film Association Annual Conference, October 2012, Humanities and Social Sciences Online, Conference, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...keynote speakers ... Gwendolyn Audrey Foster,..."
  5. ^ Mike Hollins, October 15, 2010, Daily Nebraskan, Film professors prescribe lesser-known horror cinema, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "... Dr. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster... Terror of Frankenstein ... mesmerizing and thoughtful.."
  6. ^ Daily Nebraskan, Mike Hollins, December 3, 2010, Film professors share underappreciated holiday classic, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "... Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, an English professor at UNL, said she dislikes the idyllic outlook of most holiday films..."
  7. ^ Kendra Marston, 2013, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, English ladies to liberators? How Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland mobilize aristocratic white femininity, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "... Gwendolyn Audrey Foster explores the film performances of classic Hollywood star Mae West...
  8. ^ Interview, September 22, 2003, Film Criticism, Every Frame Was Precious": An Interview with Wheeler Winston Dixon, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...Dixon discusses his work with the Gwendolyn Audrey Foster ..."
  9. ^ Daily Nebraskan, January 27, 2011, Mike Hollins, 3-D movies prove successful at box office, despite difficulties in filmmaking, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "..."I think the problem is that studios are not run by visionaries anymore.."
  10. ^ Mayne, Judith. Book Review: Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Women Filmmakers Of The African And Asian Diaspora: Decolonizing The Gaze, Locating Subjectivity and Kenneth W. Harrow, Ed. With Open Eyes: Women And African Cinema. In Research in African Literatures. Spring 1999, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 238-240. Accessed Oct. 26, 2013
  11. ^ Judith E. Pike, January 1, 1997, Literature/Film Quarterly, Women-of-Color Filmmakers, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey. Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora: Decolonizing the Gaze, Locating Subjectivity. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997. 177 pp...."
  12. ^ Film Criticism, Allegheny College, Film Criticism, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Editor-in-Chief of the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. ..."
  13. ^ Inside Higher Ed, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...The editors (Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) of Quarterly Review of Film and Video..."
  14. ^ a b c d e f 2013, Curriculum vitae, Professor Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013
  15. ^ a b Film Journal, 2013, Underground Resources: Index, Underground Film Bookshelf, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...Below is a list of books written about the history of underground film. ...Dixon, Wheeler Winston, and Gwendolyn Audrey. Foster. Experimental Cinema: the Film Reader, London: Routledge, 2002. ..."
  16. ^ March 1, 2005, Helen Addison-Smith, E.T. Go Home: Indigeneity, Multiculturalism and 'Homeland' in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...In Gwendolyn Audrey Foster's investigation of the performance of whiteness in Hollywood cinema..."
  17. ^ Stuart Minnis, July 1, 2003, Journal of Film and Video, Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA: THE FILM READER Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, eds. ... the American avant-garde."
  18. ^ a b Bowling Green State University, Cynthia Baron (editor), The Projector Film and Media Journal Lois Weber: Woman Filmmaker Anne Marie Sweeney, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...In Women Film Directors: ... Gwendolyn Audrey Foster argues ..."
  19. ^ Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, October 18, 2013...Gwendolyn Audrey Foster writes frequently for Film International...."
  20. ^ Film Search, 1992, Chicago Reader, Women Who Made the Movies, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...Gwendolyn Foster and Wheeler Dixon's 1992 documentary surveys the history of women filmmakers in Hollywood..."
  21. ^ Film listing, 1994, WorldCat, Squatters, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...Authors: Wheeler W Dixon; ... Gwendolyn Audrey Foster..."
  22. ^ Wheeler Winston Dixon, July 2012, Screening the Past (film magazine), The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "... 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation (co-written with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Rutgers University Press, 2011);..."
  23. ^ 2012-2013 Graduate reading list, ACS List, University of New Mexico, American Studies, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013, "...Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Captive Bodies: Postcolonial Subjectivity in Cinema (SUNY Press, 1999) ..."
  24. ^ MICHAEL ROWIN, 2003, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, BOOK REVIEW: IDENTITY AND MEMORY: THE FILMS OF CHANTAL AKERMAN, Accessed Oct. 26, 2013,

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