Corinn Columpar

Associate Professor, Department of Cinema Studies
Affiliated Faculty, CSUS


(416) 946-0213


Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave., Room 232A



Corinn Columpar is associate professor of cinema studies and Director of the Cinema Studies Institute. As both a researcher and a teacher, her areas of specialization include the filmmaking practices and textual politics of various counter-cinematic traditions (especially feminist, Aboriginal, and American “independent” cinema) as well as, more generally, film theory, corporeality and representation, Australian and New Zealand cinemas, and collaborative practice. She is author of Unsettling Sights: The Fourth World on Film (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), a monograph about the construction of Aboriginality in contemporary cinema, and co-editor, with Sophie Mayer, of There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2009), an anthology dedicated to the flows and exchanges that characterize feminist cultural production. Additionally, she has published articles in numerous anthologies and journals, including Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Women Studies Quarterly, and Refractory.

Research Interests

Filmmaking practices and textual politics of various counter-cinematic tradition; feminist, Aboriginal, and “independent” cinema.


Ph. D Emory University (2002)

B.A. Yale University (1992)

awards and distinctions

Dean’s Excellence Award, University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 20212, 2009
Nominee, TVO’s Best Lecturer Competition, 2006

selected publications

“The Feminist Politics of Collaboration in Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture,” in Indie Women Reframed: Women and the Contemporary America Independent Cinema, ed. Michele Schreiber, Linda Badley, and Claire Perkins (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming),

“Toward an Australian Cinema of Conviviality: Jindabyne and Bran Nue Dae,” in Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance, ed. Peter Hulme and Rebecca Hightower-Weaver (New York: Routledge, 2014), 154-170.

Unsettling Sights: The Fourth World on Film (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010).

“A Postfeminist Primer: Renee Zellweger, Hilary Swank, and Maggie Gyllenhaal,” in Shining in the Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s, ed. Murray Pomerance and Adrienne McLean (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011), 128-146.

There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond, co-edited with Sophie Mayer (Detroit:  Wayne State University Press, 2009).


Introduction to Film Study
Film Theory
Feminist Approaches to Canada
American Independent Film
The Textuality of the Cinematic Body
Text, Context, Intertext: The Touch of Evil Project

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