Dr. Vincent Hausmann
Associate Professor of English
Chair, Film Studies Minor

Research Interests

  • Film and Film Theory
  • Visual Culture Studies (including scientific/medical visual culture)
  • Theory:
    • Critical Theory
    • Psychoanalysis and Culture
    • Queer Theory
    • Gender and Sexuality Studies

Film Studies Courses

ENG 375 Screening Film Noir

The course examines some distinctive stylistic and thematic features of film noir as it emerged in its classic period and as it returns in contemporary American cinema. Topics include: voiceover narration; the “private eye,” the criminal justice system, the intricate laws of desire, and the “noir anxiety” that emerges around identity as it relates to historical trauma, sexual roles, and race and ethnicity.

ENG 374/WGS Heavenly Creatures: Stardom and Identity

This course explores the historical development of the Hollywood star system and the complex role stars play in American film and culture. Focusing on representative classic and contemporary film “stars,” the course analyzes how stars are produced by the studio system and its remnants in contemporary Hollywood and global cinema and in turn remade in the cultural imaginary. We will follow scholars who interpret the star as a form of labor, generated to raise a profit, to promote and sell films. At the same time, we consider how stars are received and even remade by audiences, especially marginal groups.

ENG 451 Film Analysis

This course explores the issue of film genre and the fundamentals of film form, examining principles of narration and narrative construction in the "Classical Hollywood” cinema; in this context, we also consider the properties of nonnarrative formal systems by looking closely at documentary, abstract, and avant-garde film. In the third part of the course, we take up fundamental elements of film style: mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound. Throughout the course we explore seminal work in classical and contemporary film theory.

Related Publications

Authored Book

Cinema, Technologies of Visibility, and the Reanimation of Desire (New York, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).


Co-editor, Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, an electronic scholarly journal, 1998-present.


“Envisioning the [W]hole World Behind Things: Denying Otherness in American Beauty,” Camera Obscura, 55: 19, Vol. 1 (May 2004), 112-149.

“Looking for Shelter: [Re]covering the Subject in [an Other] Art,” Literary Modernism and Photography, ed., Paul Hansom, Greenwood Press (2002), 151-175.

“Joseph Conrad and the Arts of Letters,” Conradiana, 31: 3 (Fall 1999), 147-171.

“Cinematic Inscriptions of Otherness: Sounding a Critique of Subjectivity,” Journal of Film and Video, 50:1 (Spring 1998), 20-41.

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