Professor of Film Studies
Experimental film, historical film, film and modernism, French and Italian film history, Joan of Arc in film and culture
Robin Blaetz teaches Introduction to Film, History of World Cinema, and Experimental Film, as well as courses in documentary film and various genres, including the musical and science fiction. Her scholarly work centers on women and film. She focuses on both the work of little-known women avant-garde filmmakers and the representation of women in historical film.
Blaetz is the author of an anthology entitled Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks (Duke University Press, 2007). The book, written with the aid of a grant from the American Association of University Women, offers critical contextualization of 15 of the most significant women experimental filmmakers working in the United States between 1960 and 1990. Blaetz wrote the introduction and contributed an essay about Marjorie Keller to the project, with other entries written by some of the most respected scholars in the field of film studies. As part of this project, Blaetz hopes to make the often-ignored films of women artists more prominent through increased exposure and restoration.
Blaetz also wrote Visions of the Maid: Joan of Arc in American Film and Culture (University of Virginia Press, 2001), which examines the image of the fifteenth-century French heroine in the United States over the course of the twentieth century. Using films and myriad popular culture sources, including literature, drama, visual art, advertising, song, criticism, and propaganda, Blaetz looks at the ways in which Joan of Arc’s androgyny, virginity, and sacrificial victimhood were evoked in relation to the evolving roles of women during war. Visions of the Maid was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2002.
(Photo by Mary Noble Ours)
- "Cannes 2012 Sexiest? Lack of Women Directors in Compettiion Spurs Outrage," The Huffington Post, May 17, 2012
- "Women and Film," Conversations from Studio B, Tom Hodson speaks with Dr. Robin Blaetz
- "Blaetz Talks Film Preservation at Coolidge" Boston.com, May 08, 2011
- "Blaetz Featured in Documentary Film at Sundance," Office of Communications, February 3, 2011
- "Robin Blaetz Delivers Talk on Cinema and Culture," Office of Communications, November 13, 2008
- "Lights, Camera, Action for MHC Film Students," Office of Communications, October 23, 2008
- "Blaetz on "Flowers of St. Francis"," Amherst Cinema, April 10, 2008
- "An entertaining but unsubstantiated behind-the-scenes look at the golden age of Hollywood," Chicago Tribune, April 5, 2008
- "Blaetz Reviews New Tinsel Town Tome," Chicago Tribune, April 5, 2008
- "Faculty Award for Teaching," Office of Communications, February 27, 2008
- "Celebration of Faculty Accomplishments February 25," Office of Communications, February 18, 2008
- "Robin Blaetz to Discuss New Book Feb. 20," Odyssey Bookshop, February 12, 2008
- "MHC Profs Teach Online Courses," Office of Communications, September 6, 2007
- "Robin Blaetz Baccalaureate Address '06," Office of Communications, June 12, 2006
- "2006 Baccalaureate Address," Office of Communications, May 27, 2006
- "MHC Innovation Fund Grant Winners Announced," Office of Communications, May 2, 2006
- "Film Studies Scholar Robin Blaetz: Exploring the Language of Imagery," College Street Journal, February 8, 2002
- "Film Scholar Robin Blaetz Explores the Language of Imagery," Vista, summer 2002