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Jennifer  Cazenave

Jennifer Cazenave

Jennifer Cazenave
Assistant Professor


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Jennifer Cazenave holds a dual Ph.D. in Film and Comparative Literature from Northwestern University and Université Paris 7-Diderot. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first century French and Francophone film, media, and literature, with a particular focus on documentary filmmaking, transnational cinema, trauma studies, the Anthropocene, and postcolonial Southeast Asia. Her research has appeared in Memory Studies, Cahier Textuel, and Idéas. Professor Cazenave is currently working on a book manuscript entitled An Archive of the Catastrophe: the Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah” that retraces the making of Claude Lanzmann's monumental Holocaust documentary through a study of the film's outtakes. She has been awarded an ACLS fellowship to complete this book manuscript during the 2017-2018 year, which she will spend as a visiting scholar at UC Irvine. In addition, she is at work on a second project that examines the centrality of the earth as a medium for the writing of the Cambodian genocide in the cinema of Rithy Panh. Her article “Earth as Archive: Reframing Memory and Mourning in The Missing Picture,” which examines Panh’s autobiographical representation of the catastrophe, is forthcoming in Cinema Journal.

Dr. Cazenave will be on research leave during the 2017-2018 academic year.