Robin Blaetz

Emily Dickinson Professor of Film Studies; Chair of Film Media Theater
Specialization: 
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)

Recent Campus News

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Arts, amplified

A speaker series from the new Digital Arts Initiative brings world-class scholars and artists to campus to discuss how arts and technology interact.

The College’s Makerspace is a central location for the campus maker culture.

MHC leaps into 21st-century maker culture

Thanks a generous grant, MHC’s new MEDIAL Project is integrating arts and technology and giving students resources to create, exhibit and perform.

Professor Robin Blaetz in the Williston Library reading room

Fearless and female

Mount Holyoke College’s Robin Blaetz discusses Joan of Arc through the ages on a BBC podcast

Elizabeth Holloway Marston, Mount Holyoke class of 1915, was one of the inspirations for Wonder Woman.

A heroine for the ages

Wonder Woman smashes the superhero glass ceiling in more ways than one, says film studies professor Robin Blaetz.

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Blaetz Featured in Documentary Film at Sundance

Audiences at the Sundance Film Festival had the opportunity to hear from professor Robin Blaetz, who was interviewed for a new documentary on the National Film Registry.

Recent Awards

Received a faculty award for teaching February 27, 2008.

Recent Honors

Delivered the Baccalaureate Address to the Class of 2006.