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About Claudia Gorbman

Armed with a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature and passions for cinema and music, I taught and I write primarily about film, and I translate from French. Much of my research has involved film's auditory dimensions, especially music. My 1987 book Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music was among the first academic studies of film music, and the second edition is nearing completion almost three decades later. I have also published about 70 essays since 1974 about aspects of film and TV music, audiovisuality, women in film, French and American film. I co-edited, with John RIchardson and Carol Vernallis, the Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics (2013). I have translated five books by composer Michel Chion: three about what he calls "audio-vision" in film, one about Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and most recently, a wonderful book called Words on Screen.
UW Tacoma allowed me to develop and offer a very full range of film courses to enthusiastically receptive undergraduates, ranging from film history to specific film genres, filmmakers, national cinemas, aspects of film theory, film sound and film music, movie acting, and the practice of writing film criticism. As cinema has becomes just one part of the larger audiovisual spectrum in the 21st century, my courses evolved to embrace not just the silver screen but all the screens in daily life.


Present Professor Emeritus, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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Phone: 253-692-4465
Room: GWP 425


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