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Rachel Gabara

Rachel Gabara
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Associate Professor

Rachel Gabara teaches literature and film in French. The author of From Split to Screened Selves: French and Francophone Autobiography in the Third Person (Stanford, 2006), she has published essays on African film in The Global Auteur: Politics and Philosophy in 21st Century Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2016), Global Art Cinema: New Theories And Histories (Oxford, 2010), and Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema (Wayne State, 2007). She is currently completing "Reclaiming Realism: From Documentary Film in Africa to African Documentary Film," a book-length study of documentary film in West and Central Africa based on research supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. Her articles on this topic include "War by Documentary" (Romance Notes 55.3, 2015), "From Ethnography to Essay: Realism, Reflexivity, and African Documentary Film" (A Companion to African Cinema, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), and “Complex Realism: Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and the Emergence of West African Documentary Film” (Black Camera 11.2, 2020).

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