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Barlow, Melinda B Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Barlow is a film, video, and contemporary art historian and curator who investigates the work of living, independent women film/video makers and installation artists, and also writes about and offers workshops on pedagogic issues, specializing in the art of mentoring women. Her research examines original manuscript material still in the artists’ possession and uses it to reconstruct ephemeral works otherwise lost to history, and documents the fleeting, kinesthetic insights experienced live and in situ in temporary installations, exhibitions and performances in a lyrical style of writing attuned to their atmosphere. Mixing evocative description with an eclectic archival method, her work explores the unexpected intersections between historiography and memoir.

keywords

  • interdisciplinary film history, theory and criticism, contemporary art and installation history, theory and criticism, history and theory of women in film, art, literature and autobiography, history, theory, philosophy and practice of pedagogy, involving media education, mentoring, and teacher attitudes

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ARTF 5024 - Advanced Research Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Focuses on a specific topic, director, or genre chosen by the professor. Research skills and critical thinking are emphasized. With faculty guidance, students determine individual projects and present them to the class. Class participation is mandatory. Each student submits a thorough and original research paper for a final grade. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: CINE 3051 and CINE 3061. Same as CINE 4024.
  • CINE 3002 - Major Film Movements
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Historical-aesthetic survey dealing with various styles, movements, genres or national cinemas. Can be taught in conjunction with the appropriate language department. Typical offers are in the French, the German or the Russian films, etc. Also offers detailed approaches to specific styles, subjects or genres: film comedy, melodrama, the Western, women filmmakers, German expressionist cinema, Italian neorealism, etc. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours within the same term with departmental consent. Formerly FILM 3002.
  • CINE 4024 - Advanced Research Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Focuses on a specific topic, director, or genre chosen by the professor. Research skills and critical thinking are emphasized. With faculty guidance, students determine individual projects and present them to the class. Class participation is mandatory. Each student submits a thorough and original research paper for a final grade. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: FILM 3051 and FILM 3061. Department enforced requisite: restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Formerly FILM 4024. Same as ARTF 5024.
  • FILM 3013 - Women and Film
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Examines the representation of women in film, the role of women in the filmmaking process, and the contributions made by women as critics and scholars of the cinema. Its orientation is therefore both historical and theoretical. Organized chronologically, the course examines how women have been addressed and constructed as spectators in and through cinema over the last 120 years, the relationship between cinema and social history, how films express ideology, and how feminist films scholarship has changed from the 1970's to the present day. The course focuses on American and international narrative, documentary, and experimental films from 1895 to present directed by or about women. Formerly FILM 3013.
  • FILM 3081 - Contemporary American Cinema: 1980 to Present
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines the relationship between American films from 1980 to the present and their cultural and historical context. Includes films by Bigelow, Fincher, Scorsese, Lee, Linklater, Lynch, Stone, the Coen brothers, and Jenkins. Assumes some film knowledge but is not restricted to majors. This course is open to Cinema Studies majors and non-majors, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Non-majors need instructor consent to enroll. Formerly FILM 3081.

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International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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