Inez Hedges

Professor of French, German, and Cinema Studies
education Ph.D., 1976, Comparative Literature
University of Wisconsin
Mailing address 225B RP
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Inez Hedges is a professor of French, German, and cinema studies and the founder of the Program in Cinema Studies at Northeastern University. She teaches courses in film theory, German literature and film, French film, and the senior seminar in cinema studies. Her graduate film courses have explored such topics as surrealism, film as historical memory, the myth of Faust, and film noir. She was appointed as Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies for 2006-09. Her most recent book, Framing Faust: 20th Century Cultural Struggles, traces the role of the Faust myth in some of the most important historical events and traumas of the past century: the rise of Nazism and the Cold War, but also the birth of feminism and of cinema, and the experiments of socialism and the avant-garde. Her previous books, Breaking the Frame (1991) and Languages of Revolt (1983), explored questions of film and philosophy while discussing art, literature and film. Her current research centers on cinematic, literary, and artistic representations of the deportation of more than 76,000 Jews in German-occupied France from 1940-44.

Selected Publications


Framing Faust: Twentieth Century Cultural Struggles (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). Reviewed in Comparative Literature Studies, Socialism and Democracy, Das Argument, Goethe Yearbook Review, and others

Breaking the Frame:  Film Language and the Experience of Limits. Indiana University Press, 1991. Reviewed in Choice, The French Review, Womanspeak, Feminist Bookstore News,  Signs, and others

Languages of Revolt:  Dada and Surrealist Literature and Film.  Duke University Press, 1983. Reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement, University of Hartford Studies in Modern Literature, Film Quarterly, Journal of Modern Literature,  The Centennial Review, World Literature Today, The French Review, Revue belge de philologie et d’histoire, and others

Dramatic Works

Children of Drancy: a Montage of Voices, Performed by the Northeastern Univ. Department of Theatre in October-November 2007.

Children of Drancy DVD, distributed worldwide to Holocaust Museums and Memorials, 2009

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Cinematic Writing of Maurice Roche.” Visible Language 12 (1978): 341-80. “Translation and the Creative Process.”  Pacific Quarterly 5.1 (1980): 87-93. “Oedipus in the Labyrinth:  Urban Myths in Kafka, Donoso, and Robbe-Grillet.”

Proceedings of  the Ninth Congress of the ICLA. Innsbruck: 20-24 August 1980.

“Dada and Surrealist Literary Frames.”  Science, Technology and the Humanities 3.1 (1980): 62-67. “Surrealist Metaphor:  Frame Theory and Componential Analysis,”  Poetics Today 4.2 (1983): 275-95. “The Radio Plays of Franz Mon:  Concrete Sound.” Dada/Surrealism 12 (1983): 60-69.

“History, Style, Authorship:  The Question of Origins in the New German Cinema.”  Journal of

Contemporary History 19.1 (1984): 171-87 (with co-author John Bernstein)

“The Surrealist Inheritance of Franz Mon and Maurice Roche.”  Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association. New York: 20-24 August 1982.

“Raymond Queneau mytholomane” (The Myth Maker Raymond Queneau),  Temps mêlés (Belgium) 25-28 (1985): 145-55.

“Form and Meaning in the French Film, I:  Time and Space.”  The French Review 54 (1980): 27-36. “Form and Meaning in the French Film, II:  Point of View.”  The French Review 54 (1980): 288-98. “Form and Meaning in the French Film, III:  Identification.”  The French Review 55 (1982): 207-17. “Form and Meaning in the French Film, IV:  Language.” The French Review 58 (1984):  223-35.

“The Myth of the Perfect Woman:  Cinema as machine célibataire.”  L’Esprit créateur 26.4 (l986):26-37. “Constellated Visions:  Man Ray’s L’Étoile de mer” in Rudi Kuenzli, ed.  Dada and Surrealist Film (New York:  Willis Locker & Owens, 1987): 99-109.

“Afterword,” Pierrot mon ami, trans. Barbara Wright (Elmwood Park, Illinois:  Dalkey Archive Press, 1987).

“L’Étoile de mer:  Notes on the Manuscript” in Rudi Kuenzli, ed. Dada and Surrealist Film, 207-19. “Film Writing and the Experience of Limits,” in The Senses of Stanley Cavell, ed. Richard Fleming and Michael Payne (Lewisburg: Bucknell Univ. Press, 1989).

“Raymond Queneau et la peinture” in Raymond Queneau encyclopédiste?, ed. Mary-Lise Billot (Paris: Editions du Limon, 1990): 195-212.

“The Insurgent Writing of Gisèle Prassinos,” in Dada/Surrealism 18 (1990): 27-31; this issue was reprinted in book form (MIT Press) and also appeared in Chinese translation in 1996.  My translations of Prassinos appeared in the same issue.

“Méliès the Magician,”  in A Trip to the Movies: Georges Méliès Filmmaker and  Magician (1861-1938), ed. Paolo Cherchi Usai  (Rochester: International Museum of Photography George Eastman House, 1991).

“Jean Luc Godard’s Hail Mary: Cinema’s Virgin Birth,” in Maryel Locke and Charles Warren,eds., Hail

Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film (Carbondale:  Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 1993). “Always Just Over the Horizon:  The East German Intellectual and the Elusive Public Sphere.”

Socialism and Democracy 16/17 (1993): 59-75.  Reprinted in Marxism in the Postmodern Age (NY:  Guilford Books, 1994).

“Identity and Politics:  Berlin Film Festival ’93.”  Jump Cut 38 (1993): 123-26.

“Transnational Corporate Culture and Cultural Resistance.” Socialism and Democracy 18 (Spring 1995): 151-64.

“Black Independent Film: an interview with Haile Gerima.”Socialism and Democracy 20 (Summer 1996): 119-27.

“Quelques réflexions à la fois comiques et sérieuses sur Raymond Queneau et le cinéma.” Pleurire avec Queneau:  Temps mêlés (Belgium), No. 150 + 65-68 (1997):  249-56.

“Surrealistische Aesthetik im Film—Charlie Chaplin, Sergeij Eisenstein und Louis Aragon.” [Cinematic Aspects of Surrealist Aesthetics]  Weg und Ziel (Austria), 55.2 (May 1997): 25-31. “Fotomontage,” in Historisch-Kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus, ed. Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Vol. 4 (Berlin:  Argument Verlag, 1999) 745-53.

“Faustische Pakte:  Bilder des Fortschritts in der Popularkultur des USA.” [Faustian Bargains: Images of Progress in US Popular Culture]  Das Argument. Zeitschift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften 230, Vol. 41.2/3 (1999) 396-404.

“Faust and Utopia:  Socialist Visions.” Socialism and Democracy 25, 1999: 47-72.

Review article for Science and Society of Film and the American Left:  a Research Guide, by M. Keith Booker.Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999

Review article for Socialism and Democracy of Selling Hollywood to the World, by John Trumpbour (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002)

Review article for Science and Society of The Cineaste Interviews 2 by Gary Crowdus and Dan Georgakas (Chicago: Lake View Press, 2002)

“Illusion,” Historisch-Kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus, ed. Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Vol. 6/I (Berlin: Argument Verlag, 2004) 780-88.

“Karikatur,” Historisch-Kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus, ed. Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Vol. 6/I (Berlin:  Argument Verlag, 2006) [with co-author Peter Jehle], 388-96.

“The Aesthetics of Resistance: Thoughts on Peter Weiss,” Socialism and Democracy 41, 2006: 69-78. “Signifiyin’ and Intertextuality: Killer of Sheep and Black Independent Film,” Socialism and Democracy 42, 2007: 133-143.

“Stan Brakhage’s Film Testament:  The Four Faust Films,” in Alexander Graf, ed., Avant-Garde Film (Amsterdam:  Rodopi, 2007)

Review article of Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch, Das Argument 271 (2007), 464-66. Review article on Boston  Palestine Film Festival, Socialism and Democracy 48 (2009), 208-11. Review article of Michael Löwy, Morning Star, in Das Argument 282 (2009)  673-75.

“Drancy: History, Memory, Representation.”  In Témoigner. Entre Histoire et Mémoire, Auschwitz Foundation (forthcoming)

Selected Honors & Awards

Recipient of a provost grant to run the Advanced Academic Learning

Community on the Middle East and the lecture/film series “The Middle East: Focus on Israel and Palestine,” fall 2008

Recipient of a provost grant to run the Advanced Academic Learning Community on the Holocaust in conjunction with my new play “Children of Drancy,” fall 2007

Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies, 2006-9

DAAD Faculty Study Visit to Berlin, 1991

Fulbright Research Scholar, Verviers, Belgium, 1982-83

NEH Summer Stipend, 1980

Knapp Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975-76

E.B. Fred Fellow, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973-75

DAAD (German Government) Fellowship, 1968-69

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Modern Language Association

American Comparative Literature Association

German Studies Association

Institut für Kritische Theorie (Berlin)