I am an author, a seasoned film critic and feature writer, as well as an intrepid traveler.
I write mostly about film, although I have written about Italian art, food, wine and travel. I am the "Cinema" columnist for the Washington, D.C.-based Ambassador, and I write frequently for the New York City-based Cineaste. My work has also appeared recently in the LA Times, The Brooklyn Eagle and The Progressive, among many other online and print outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
My recent book is "Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.). I am also the author of "Gender Equity Module: Ensuring Unbiased Behavior in an All-Girl Environment" (GSUSA, 1994), a first-of-its-kind module on bias in all-girl informal educational environments.
For the past 25 years, I have been a full and part time academic in graduate and undergraduate departments of English, film and writing. I have taught at Rutgers, Pratt, several CUNY colleges, and at Dine College on the Navajo Reservation.
I am a native New Yorker, and reside in Manhattan with my feline companions, Luca and Luna. At this writing, I am working on my next film book.
Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast
This book is a feminist and scholarly consideration of the ways in which Western and Eastern myths, folklore and literature about the quest are represented in American, European and Asian movies. The “beast” in my subtitle refers to the person who enters the hero’s life, and compels him or her to embark on a quest for identity. The quest is viewed as a lifelong journey for consciousness and meaning. My use of the term “beast” is inspired by Jean Cocteau’s "La Belle et la Bête," the subject of my first chapter. Publisher's page is here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442246980/Cinematic-Quests-for-Identity-The-Hero's-Encounter-with-the-Beast
Gender Equity Module: Ensuring Unbiased Behavior in an All-Girl Environment1994
Awards and Recognition
- Gender Equity Module received an honorable mention in the April 1994 Congressional Record.