Amy Villarejo

Frederic J. Whiton Professor of Humanities


Amy Villarejo has published widely in cinema and media studies, with research on feminist and queer media, documentary film, Brazilian cinema, Indian cinema, American television, critical theory, and cultural studies.  Her first book, Lesbian Rule:  Cultural Criticism and the Value of Desire (Duke University Press) won the Katherine Singer Kovacs award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies for best book in the field in 2003.  She has written on Hollywood (Queen Christina, from BFI Publishing) and on television, in her most recent monograph Ethereal Queer:  Television, Historicity, Desire (Duke University Press).  Her work intersects with cultural studies, and, with co-editor Matthew Tinkcom, she has edited a volume exploring that intersection entitled Keyframes (Routledge).  With Jordana Rosenberg, she is co-editor of a special issue of the journal GLQ on “Queer Studies and the Crises of Capitalism.”  For students and general readers interested in cinema and media, she is the author of Film Studies:  The Basics (Routledge) and Film Studies:  A Global Introduction.  Her articles have appeared in journals such as Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, New German Critique, Social Text, and numerous anthologies and edited collections.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cinema and media, feminist theory, queer theory, urbanism, television, critical and literary theory, and political art.

Research Focus

  • Documentary and experimental film
  • Television
  • Theories of feminism and sexuality
  • Queer film and culture
  • America in the mid-twentieth century.

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