Sarah R. Kozloff Professor of Film on the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair
Sarah Kozloff has been at Vassar since 1988. She teaches genre (e.g., Musicals, War Films, Romantic Comedy); cultural studies courses (The McCarthy Era and Film); and seminars, such as, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock and American Women Directors. Her scholarship focuses on American cinema, particularly on issues related to speech, narrative, and ideology. She has been invited to present her work at major symposiums in Melbourne, Denmark, Montreal, London, and Valencia; to contribute to textbooks and reference works; and to evaluate film programs at other colleges.
Starting in 2017, she will be teaching only one semester a year because she has begun a new life as the author of adult, epic fantasy novels. She has been accepted into the SFWA, Science Fiction Writers of America. The Nine Realms will be published by TOR Books starting in January 2020, with one book released each month.
Prior to her academic career, Ms. Kozloff worked freelance in film production in New York City, serving as a production assistant, production coordinator or researcher on commercials, documentaries, educational films, low-budget features and “The American Short Story” series for PBS.
- BA, Dartmouth College; PhD, Stanford University
- At Vassar since 1987
Research and Academic Interests
- FILM 216. Genre: Romantic Comedy
- FILM/MEDS/PSYC 254. Emotional Engagement with Film
- “Post-War Hollywood 1947-1967: On Dangerous Ground,” in Directing, ed. Virginia Wright Wexman (New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2017).
- co-editor with Jeff Jaeckle, Refocus: The Films of Preston Sturges, Edinburgh: U of Edinburgh Press, 2015.
- The Life of the Author. Montreal, Caboose Press, 2014.
- “Empathy and the Cinema of Engagement: Reevaluating the Politics of Film,” Projections: The Journal of Movies and Mind, 7:2 (Winter, 2013): 1-40.
- An Introduction to Film Genres, co-author. New York: Norton, 2013.
- “American Cinema 1939-1975,” Oxford Bibliographies Online 2013.
- The Best Years of Our Lives, BFI Film Classics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Overhearing Film Dialogue. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
- Invisible Storytellers: Voice-over Narration in American Fiction Film. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.
- “Narrative Theory and Television” in Channels of Discourse, Reassembled, ed. Robert C. Allen
In the Media
Sarah Kozloff, author and Professor of Film on the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair, wrote a Mary Sue op-ed about literary snobbery.
Professor Sarah Kozloff Embarks on Second Career…as a Fantasy Fiction Writer
Sarah Kozloff, Professor of Film on the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair, spent the first 57 years of her life not considering herself creative and not writing novels. Less than seven years later, she’s written four of them.
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