Ara Osterweil

 Ara Osterweil
Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext 00901
Email address: 
ara.osterweil [at]

McGill University
Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Faculty Members
Assistant Professor
Areas of expertise: 



B.A. in English and American Literature (NYU); M.A. in Cinema Studies (NYU); Ph.D. in Film and Rhetoric (University of California, Berkeley); Assistant Professor

Cultural Studies
Twentieth Century
Teaching areas: 

The sixties, the representation of sexuality and the body, new Wave cinemas of the East and West, Italian cinema, Eastern European cinema, postcolonial cinema, film theory, psychoanalysis, avant-garde cinema, the postwar “queer” underground, women filmmakers, the representation of race and gender in American cinema, contemporary art, Andy Warhol, Jean-Luc Godard.

Taught previously at: 

Muhlenberg College (PA, USA); University of California, Berkeley.

Selected publications: 

Book Chapters:

“The Last Place on Earth: Dennis Hopper’s Last Movie,” in Place in Cinema, ed. Elena Gorfinkel and John David Rhodes. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press; 2009.

“Women On the Front: Sexual Politics, Experimental Aesthetics and Female Authorship.” Experimental Film: Missing Frames, ed. Ben Meade. University of Avila Press, 2009.

“Emergent Bodies: Human, All Too Human, Posthuman,” with David Baumflek. Body Worlds: Critical Essays, ed. Christine Jespersen, Alicita Rodriguez, Joseph Starr. Mc Farland and Company, Inc. 2008.

“The Apocryphal, Ecstatic Cinema of Barbara Rubin.” Women’s Experimental Cinema, ed. Robin Blaetz. Duke University Press, 2007.

“Andy Warhol’s Blow Job: Towards the Recognition of a Pornographic Avant-Garde.” Porn Studies, ed. by Linda Williams. Duke University Press, 2004.

Journal Articles:

“Queer Coupling, or the Stain of the Bearded Woman.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, 51-1, March, 2010.

“A Body is Not a Metaphor: Barbara Hammer’s X-Ray Vision.” Journal of Lesbian Studies, 2009.

“Reconstructing Shirley: Pedophilia and Interracial Romance in Hollywood’s Age of Innocence.” Camera Obscura, December, 2009.

“Remapping Hou Hsiao-Hsien.” Brooklyn Rail. May 2008.

“Ang Lee’s Lonesome Cowboys” Brokeback Mountain Roundtable, Film Quarterly, March 2007; Vol. 60, No. 3.

Caché.” Cover Story, Film Quarterly, June 2006; Vol. 59, No. 4.

“A Fan’s Notes on Camp, or How to Stop Worrying and Learn to LoveShowgirls.” Film Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 3. Spring 2003.

Book Reviews:

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests by Callie Angell in The Moving Image, 7.1.Spring 2007.

Women Filmmakers: Refocusing, ed. Jacqueline Levitin, et. al. Film Quarterly, Volume 60, No. 2, Winter 2006-2007.

Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society by Scott Macdonald. Film Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 1. Fall 2003.

Manuscripts in Progress:

Flesh Cinema: The Corporeal Avant-Garde, 1959-1979.

The Pedophilic Imagination: Children, Sex, Movies.

Film and Art of the Sixties.

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