Dudley Andrew

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R. Selden Rose Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Professor Emeritus of Film Studies
320 York St Room 105, New Haven, CT 06511-8201
(203) 436-4614
Curriculum Vitae: 


Dudley Andrew studied English and Philosophy, then learned filmmaking before getting in on the ground floor just as Film Studies was taking off in the USA. His  dissertation on film theorist André Bazin has funded several of his books, and has taken him frequently to France where he wrote two large histories of 1930s culture during the Popular Front era.   Andrew taught Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at Iowa for years, directing the dissertations of many of today’s leaders in Film.  Coming to Yale in 2000, he chaired Comp Lit from 2009-2013.  In the department he has worked with graduate students primarily on the French literary and philosophical milieu, or on issues that cross between Cinema and Literature (aesthetics, translation, hermeneutics, critical theory, world literature/cinema).  He has  taught undergraduate courses in World Cinema and in adaptation, as well as seminars related to the work of Bazin, whose writings he continues to edit in English translation. Andrew provides a link to French film history from personal encounters with Truffaut, Renoir, Resnais, Rohmer and other key figures. He is an “commandeur de  l’ordre des arts et des lettres,” a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Research Interests

French Literary, Cinematic, and Philosophical culture 1919-1989; Aesthetics and Hermeneutics;  Adaptation and Translation; Film Theory and Criticism; World Film (Asia, Europe, Africa)

Education History

Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1972
MFA Columbia University, 1969
B.A. University of Notre Dame, 1967

Publication Highlights

André Bazin on Adaptation, Cinema’s Literary Imagination (ed), Univ. Of California Press, 2022.

André Bazin’s New Media (ed and tr.) University of California Press, 2014.

Opening Bazin (edited with introduction), Oxford Univ Press (Winner SCMS best Anthology Award for 2011)

A Companion to François Truffaut, ed with Anne Gillain. Wiley Blackwell 2013

What  Cinema Is! Bazin’s Quest and its Charge.  Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. (French. ed. (SIC), 2014; Arabic 2014; Chinese, 2015)

Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (with Steven Ungar). Harvard UP, 2005

Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classical French Film. Princeton, 1995

Film in the Aura of Art.  Princeton UP, 1984

Work(s) in Progress:

French Cinema, a very short Introduction. Oxford Univ. Press, 2022

Encountering World Cinema


57 essays by André Bazin on Television, 3D, Cinerama and CinemaScope, collected, translated, annotated, and introduced.

What Cinema Is! offers an engaging answer to Andre Bazin’s famous question through a sweeping look back over the phenomenal ascendancy of a certain “idea of cinema.” Written by one of the foremost film scholars of our time, this provocative volume proclaims cinema’s distinct value not just for the last century but for our current audio-visual culture. Whatever cinema may yet become, this unique “idea” should orient and guide it.