Sheehan, Rebecca

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Department: Cinema and Television Arts

Phone:  657-278-8288

Email:   rsheehan@fullerton.edu

Office:  CP-650-20

Personal Website:

http://bopucrs.wix.com/rsheehan

Faculty Biography:

Degree:  B.A.

Degree Area:  Comparative Literature

Degree Univ:  Stanford University, 2001

Degree:  M.A.

Degree Area:  Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies

Degree Univ:  University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Degree:  Ph.D.

Degree Area:  Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies

Degree Univ:  University of Pennsylvania, 2008

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Rebecca A. Sheehan, PhD, is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Fullerton. Professor Sheehan teaches courses in World Cinema, American Film History, Experimental and Avant-Garde Cinema, Documentary Cinema, Alfred Hitchcock's films, Time Travel in Cinema, and Writing about the Moving Image.

Her first book manuscript, In-Between America: Avant-Garde Cinema and the Poetics of Contingency, addresses the intersections between American Avant-Garde cinema and the emerging field of Film-Philosophy.  Her second manuscript, Cinema's Laocoön: Film, Sculpture, and the Virtual, examines how sculpture and cinema have historically interfaced, paying particular attention to sculpture's role in Gilles Deleuze's conception of the virtual in the "time-image." 

Sheehan has work published or forthcoming on diverse topics in film studies and film theory including the influence of Chris Marker on the Brothers Quay, the contemporary biopic, Nicolas Winding Refn and Kenneth Anger, and the hidden picture of race in Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945).

Education

B.A. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University, 2001

M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Selected Publications

“The Victorian Multiple: Cinema and British Sculpture in the Age of Empire,” forthcoming in  19: Interdiscplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth-Century  (Summer 2015).

“Facebooking the Present: The Biopic and Cultural Instantaneity”  The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture, edit. Belén Vidal and Tom Brown, Routledge Press, 2014

“A Cinephile’s Guide to Vertigo: On Difference, Repetition and the Uncanny,” exhibition essay for Julie Orser: Madeleine, September 13 – October 24, 2014. Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“The Disembodied Wound of The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes: The Brothers Quay’s ‘homage’ to Chris Marker,”  Discourse  vol. 32.3-4 (Fall 2013)

“Picturing a Film Philosophy: Stan Brakhage, Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Renewed Encounter with the Everyday,”  Screen, 53.2, pp. 118-135 (Summer 2012)

“The Time of Sculpture: Film, Photography and Auguste Rodin,”  Screening the Past(Issue 29, Nov. 2010), edit. Sam Rohdie and Des O’Rawe

“Competing with ‘the barbarous clangour of a gong:’ Why ‘Theme of the Traitor and the Hero’ begins in ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,’”  Journal of Modern Literature(JML), issue 32.3, Spring 2009