Prof Siobhan S Craig

Siobhan Craig's book, "Cinema After Fascism: The Shattered Screen"(2010) explores the new cinematic languages that emerge from the rubble, both literal and symbolic, of the European cities after 1945. The specter of Fascism haunts European cinema after the war; filmmakers confront the legacies of fascist cinema in complex, ambivalent and highly coded ways. The book examines the intersections between the rubble on the screen and the rubble of cinematic representation itself, arguing that attempts to reconfigure the idioms of cinema, ranging from the Neorealism of Rossellini to Fassbinder's "neo-melodramas," remain highly precarious. Professor Craig is working on a second book, "La cinema é.l'arma piu forte: Resistance and the Visual Culture of Fascist-era Italian Colonialism." She has been awarded several research grants. She also received the Ruth Christie Distinguished Teaching Award in English.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • B.A.: Comparative Literature, Smith College.

Specialties

  • Fascist-era cinema in Italy and Germany
  • Italian Neorealism
  • new German cinema
  • monsters and hybrids
  • the cinematic body
  • literary and cultural theory after 1968: psychoanalysis, queer and feminist theories, post-modern theories of language and meaning, film theory
Courses Taught
  • Theorizing Cinema and the Body
  • Reading Cinema and Violence
  • The Shattered Spectator
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Fascism and Film
  • Contemporary Literature and Culture: The Split and Sutured Self
  • Seductions: film/desire/gender
  • Our Monsters, Ourselves
  • Modern Literary Criticism and Theory
  • The Western: Looking Awry
  • Introduction to Literature: Poetry, Drama, Narrative
Publications
  • Cinema After Fascism: The Shattered Screen. Craig, Siobhan, Palgrave MacMillan, Author, 2010.
  • "Translation and Treachery: Historiography and the Betrayal of Meaning in Anna Banti's /Artemisia.: Craig, Siobhan, Italica, 88.4 602-618, 2011.
  • "The Third Man and the Wilder Side of Rubble.": Craig, Siobhan, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 27.3 193-209, 2010.
  • 'Tun'as rien vu í  Hiroshima': Spectatorship, Desire and the Vaporized Subject in Hiroshima mon amour: Craig, Siobhan, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 22.1 , 2005.
  • The Abyss of Language and the Trace of History in Ingeborg Bachmann's 'Simultan': Craig, Siobhan, The Women in German Yearbook, 16 39-60, 2000.
  • Monstrous Dialogues: Erotic Discourse and the Dialogic Constitution of the Subject in Frankenstein: Craig, Siobhan, Karen Hohne and Helen Wussow, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, A Dialogue of Voices: Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin, 83-96, 1994.
Awards
  • Sabbatical Supplement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2012 - 2013
  • Single Semester Leave, College of Liberal Arts, 2009
  • Ruth Christie Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of English, University of Minnesota, 2008
  • Institute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, 2005
  • McKnight Summer Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Teaching Award: Outstanding Adjunct Professor , University of Minnesota, 2001 - 2002