Gwendolyn Audrey Foster attended Douglass College for Women, part of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where she earned her BA in English and a certificate in Women's Studies. Foster is Willa Cather Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she specializes in film, class, race and gender studies, as well as eco-critical approaches to film and popular culture.
Her many books include Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary (1995); Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora (1997); Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman (2003); Performing Whiteness (2003); Class-Passing (2005); A Short History of Film (2013); and Disruptive Feminisms: Raced, Gendered, and Classed Bodies in Film (2016).
Foster teaches a broad variety of courses that reflect her diverse interests, including, for example, Women Film directors, Women as Heroines in Cinema, Women in Popular Culture, and Marxist Feminist approaches to Italian cinema. Her documentary film, WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES is distributed by Women Make Movies, New York, and has become a classic in the field of feminist cinema history. (4/16)
Women Who Made the Movies
A film by Gwendolyn Foster and Wheeler Dixon, 1992, 55 min., Color/BW
WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES traces the careers and films of such pioneer women filmmakers as Alice Guy Blaché, Ruth Ann Baldwin, Ida Lupino, Leni Riefen...