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Marcelline Block

Marcelline Block by Jenny BatlayMarcelline Block (BA, Harvard; MA, Princeton; PhD cand., Princeton) is a lecturer in History at Princeton University, and has edited several volumes about literature and cinema.

Her publications include Fan Phenomena: Marilyn Monroe (Intellect, 2015); World Film Locations: Boston (Intellect, 2014); World Film Locations: Marseilles (Intellect, 2013); World Film Locations: Las Vegas (Intellect, 2012); World Film Locations: Paris (Intellect, 2011), and Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema (Cambridge Scholars, 2008; 2nd. ed. Marcelline Block at Harvard Reunion2010), along with numerous articles and book chapters.

     [Portrait above^^ by Jenny Batlay, 2015]

Academic Background:

Marcelline Block was graduated with a BA from Harvard (magna cum laude) in the History and Literature of France and England and received Certificates in French and Swedish languages and literatures.  She received an MA in French from Princeton as well as a Graduate Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. 
She is currently completing a PhD in French at Princeton, where she lectures in the Department of History.  She has taught courses in several departments at Princeton since 2003, including the Departments of French and Italian; the Department of English; the Department of Comparative Literature; the Department of Politics; the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies [formerly known as the Program in the Study of Women and Gender]; and the Program in Visual Art. 
Her intellectual interests are 20th century French literature, film theory and women’s studies, as well as feminist, psychoanalytic, and trauma theories.  She has both French and American citizenship.

Books, Anthologies, Plays, and Scripts:

Marcelline BlockMarcelline Block has edited:
Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema (Cambridge Scholars, 2008; 2010),which was translated into Italian as Sguardo e pubblicofemminista nel cinema del dopoguerra (2012);
World Film Locations: Paris (2011);
World Film Locations: Las Vegas (2012);
World Film Locations: Marseilles
(2013), which was translated into French as Filmer Marseille (2013);
World Film Locations: Boston (Intellect, 2014);
Fan Phenomena: Marilyn Monroe
(Intellect, 2015);
French Cinema and the Great War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).


She has co-edited:
a special issue of Critical Matrix (vol. 18, 2009); and
Gender Scripts in Medicine and Narrative (Cambridge Scholars, 2010); and
Unequal Before Death (Cambridge Scholars, 2012);
Directory of World Film: Belgium (Intellect, 2014); and
Abecassis Michaël and Block Marcelline, eds., French Cinema in Close-up: La Vie d’un acteur pour moi (Dublin: Phaeton, 2015).


She has contributed chapters to anthologies including:
"The Many Ways We Talk about Death in Contemporary Society: Interdisciplinary Studies in Portrayal and Classification" (2009);
"Vendetta: Essays on Honor and Revenge" (2010); and
Marcelline Block with 'French Cinema in Close-up' cake"Cherchez la femme: Women and Values in the Francophone World" (2011); and
"Jacques Brel" "Catherine Deneuve" "Gérard Depardieu" "Fréhel" "Catherine Frot" "Johnny Hallyday""Francois Morel""Philippe Noiret" "Gérard Philipe" "Edith Piaf" "Simone Signoret" "Boris Vian" portraits in French Cinema in Close-up, Abecassis Michaël and Block Marcelline, eds., (Dublin: Phaeton, 2015).

        [photo opposite >>, with cake of 'French Cinema in Close-up'
         at the Festival des desserts of français du monde–ADFE à New York, © J. Grassi, 2015

Her articles have appeared in the journals:
Excavatio, vol. XXII: Realism and Naturalism in Film Studies (2007); and
The Harvard French Review (2007); and
Women in French Studies (2009, 2010).

Her writing has been published in French in Vingtième Siècle: revue d'histoire (vol. 96, 2007).
She has been translated and published in Russian in Русское арт-зарубежье: Вторая половина ХХ века - начало ХХI века /Russian Art Beyond Borders: late 20th century - early 21st century (2010).

Media Contributions:

She is a member of the editorial boards of
WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society
Marcelline Block, May2015The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration; and
The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500-the present.
Marcelline Block's film and art criticism has been featured in numerous publications including
Afterall,  Film Fatale Magazine,  Eternity of Dream/Eternity of Film.

Professional Associations & Memberships:

Women in French (WIF);
Modern Language Association (MLA);
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA);
American Association of Teachers of French (AATF);
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA);
Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages (WCML);
National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA);
Harvard Club of New York City;
Film Society of Lincoln Centre;
Freelancers Union;
Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG-AFTRA).
[photo © J. Grassi, 2015]    

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