Corinn Columpar

Corinn Columpar

Associate Professor & Director
Cinema Studies Institute

Office: Room 224E, Innis College
Phone: 416-946-0213


Research and Teaching:

As a researcher, Corinn Columpar’s areas of specialization include the filmmaking practices and textual politics of various counter-cinematic traditions (especially feminist, Aboriginal, and “independent”) as well as, more generally, film theory, embodiment and representation, and collaborative practice. Among her publications are Unsettling Sights: The Fourth World on Film, a monograph that examines the construction of Aboriginality in contemporary cinema from Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Australia, and There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond, a co-edited anthology dedicated to the flows and exchanges that characterize feminist cultural production. Professor Columpar regularly teaches courses related to her areas of specialization, such as Feminist Approaches to Cinema, American Independent Film, Corporeality and Cinema, and Stardom, Acting, Performance, as well as broader courses in Cinema Studies, including Introduction to Film Study at the undergraduate level and The Textual Object at the graduate one.



Ph.D. Emory University
M.A. Emory University
B.A. Yale University


Select Publications:


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


Books Edited

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


Articles in Academic Journals

“A Permeable Practice: Shortbus and the Politics of Cinematic Collaboration.”  Camera Obscura 31: 1 91 (April 2016): 5-25.

“‘Taking Care of Her Green Stone Wall’: The Experience of Space in Once Were Warriors.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 24:5 (October 2007): 463-474.

“Re-Membering the Time-Travel Film: From La Jetée to Primer.” Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media 9 (2006).

“The Gaze as Theoretical Touchstone: The Intersection of Film Studies, Feminist Theory, and Postcolonial Theory.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 30:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2002): 25-44.

Marnie: A Site/Sight for the Convergence of Gazes.” Hitchcock Annual (1999-2000): 51-73.


Articles in Books

Charlie’s Country, Gulpilil’s Body.” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Australian Cinema. Ed. Felicity Collins, Jane Landman, and Susan Bye. Forthcoming.

“The Feminist Politics of Collaboration in Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture.”  In Indie Women Reframed: Women and the Contemporary American Independent Cinema.  Ed. Michele Schreiber, Linda Badley, and Claire Perkins.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

“A Cinema of Conviviality: Peter Lawrence’s Jindabyne (2006).”  In Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance.  Ed. Rebecca Hightower-Weaver and Peter Hulme.  New York: Routledge, 2014.  154-170.

“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.

“Introduction.” In There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond.  1-15. 

“At the Limits of Visual Representation: Tracey Moffatt’s Still and Moving Images.”  In There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond.  146-159.

“Colonialism/Postcolonialism” and “Tracey Moffatt.”  In Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.  325-331.

“The Dancing Body: Sally Potter as Feminist Auteure.”  In Women Filmmakers: Refocusing.  Ed. Jacqueline Levitin, Judith Plessis, and Valerie Raoul.  Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2002.  108-116.

“’Til Death Do Us Part: Identity and Friendship in Heavenly Creatures.”  In Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood.  Ed. Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2002.  323-342.



“Teaching Touch of Evil.” The Cine-Files 9 (Fall 2015).

“’It can be like grace’: Enlightened Political Possibility.” Cléo: A Journal of Film and Feminism 3:3 (Fall 2015).