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Rebecca A. Sheehan, Ph.D. is a Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Fullerton. Professor Sheehan teaches courses in World Cinema, Border Cinema, American Film History, Experimental and Avant-Garde Cinema, Documentary Cinema, Alfred Hitchcock's films, and Writing about the Moving Image.
Her book, American Avant-Garde Cinema's Philosophy of the In-Between (Oxford University Press, 2020) addresses the intersections between post-WWII American Avant-Garde cinema and the emerging field of Film-Philosophy. She is currently working on her second monograph, Cinema's Laocoön: Film, Sculpture, and the Virtual, which examines how sculpture and cinema have historically interfaced, paying particular attention to sculpture's role in Gilles Deleuze's conception of the virtual in the "time-image," and looking at the relationship between sculpture and virtual reality.
Sheehan's interest in the capability of form to effectuate critical thought and action through media is also the premise for her book, Border Cinema: Reimagining Identity Through Aesthetics (Rutgers University Press, 2019), co-edited with Monica Hanna (CHIC), which examines how post-digital shifts in cinematic aesthetics have registered and intervened in a globalized understanding of the world and how such aesthetic shifts have helped shape evolving conceptions of national and individual identity.
Sheehan has work published or forthcoming on diverse topics in film studies and film theory including philosophies of embodiment and women's experimental cinema, 19th century sculpture and early cinema, the influence of Chris Marker on the Brothers Quay, epistolary cinema, the contemporary biopic, and the influence of Kenneth Anger on Nicholas Winding Refn, and border "docugames."