Polan, Dana

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Dana Polan (B.A., Cornell; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford; Doctorat d’État, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle) is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is one of the most prominent specialist in film studies in the United States. He is the author of numerous books and has recently published the first study on The Beginnings of the American Study of Film (University of California Press, 2007).
Other works include: The French Chef (forthcoming, Duke University Press); The Sopranos (forthcoming, Duke University Press); Power and Paranoia: History, Narrative, and the American Cinema, 1940-1950 (Columbia University Press, 1986); The Politics of Film and the Avant-Garde (U.M.I. Press, 1984); In a Lonely Place (BFI Film Classics, 1993); Pulp Fiction (BFI Modern Classics, 2000); Jane Campion (BFI World Directors, 2001); “Cable Watching: HBO, The Sopranos and Discourses of Distinction,” in Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting, ed., Sarah Banet-Weiser, Cynthia Chris and Tony Frietas; “Globalism’s Localisms” in Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary, eds. Rob Wilson and Wimal Dissanayake; “The Professor of History” in The Persistence of History: Film and the Historians, ed. Vivian Sobchak; “The Confusions of Warren Beatty” in The End of Cinema As We Know It…American Film in the Nineties, ed. John Lewis. He has also written numerous other essays published in Cinema Journal, CineAction, Camera Obscura, October, Yale Journal of Criticism, and elsewhere.
He is former President of the Society for Cinema Studies; Former Editor of Cinema Journal (1987-92); Associate Editor of Film and Philosophy, Jump Cut, and Journal of Film and Video.