Codruţa Morari

Codruţa Morari
cmorari@wellesley.edu
(781) 283-2479
French
B.A., Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Paris III
Green Hall 133

Codruţa Morari

Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and French

Film Theory and Media Aesthetics, French Culture and Intellectual History, Media Ecologies, History of Ideas, Ecocriticism, Environmental Humanities.


Trained as a film theorist at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, I wrote a dissertation that focused on the cognitive, affective, and ideological properties of film perception. I went on to write "The Bressonians: French Cinema and the Culture of Authorship" (2017), a book that revisits the legacy of the so-called politique des auteurs and incorporates previously underappreciated aesthetic, epistemological, and sociological perspectives. In particular, the study ponders the interplay between the singularity of individual filmmakers and the plurality of professional communities, talking about film authors not as solitary geniuses but as working artists. In addressing the key concepts in our understanding of authorship, the book relies on close analyses of exemplary films by Robert Bresson, Jean Eustache, Maurice Pialat, Eric Rohmer, and Jacques Rivette.

My scholarly work, though to a great extent devoted to film and visual studies, takes its larger impetus from 20th- and 21st-century intellectual history. To date my articles include studies on such topics as art, labor, and the market, Roland Barthes’s ambivalent relation to the film medium, Jacques Rancière on the democratic potential of cinephilia, and French film criticism of the early 1960s. I have also written essays on the films of Olivier Assayas, Alain Resnais, Claire Denis, Thomas Bidegain and Valeska Grisebach. I am currently working on projects devoted to the ideology of film criticism after 1968, the role of the film critic in the public sphere, media ecologies, and the status of film industries in the age of climate change.

In addition to chairing the Cinema and Media Studies Program, I offer classes on such subjects as film theory, mass media in the public sphere, film festival culture, world cinema, and the history and theory of French cinema. In my classroom endeavors I train students to understand the historical and political implications of aesthetic forms, to fathom the shaping power of moments in time for artistic expression, and to appreciate both the historical determinations of theoretical discourses as well as the theoretical ramifications of historical constructions. I also teach cinema courses in French where I aim to enable students to expand their sense of the real and the possible as they partake of a foreign culture.