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Catherine Portuges

Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature

(413) 545-5813

320 Herter Hall

PhD University of California Los Angeles, 1981

Catherine Portuges is Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, Curator of the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, and served as Graduate Program Director in Comparative Literature from 1995-2009. She was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Teaching (2010), the Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal (Republic of Hungary, 2009) for her contributions to Hungarian cinema, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2007). Her research interests include Central European and post-communist national cinemas; French and Francophone cinema; memory and Jewish identity; European minorities, migration, and gender; and cinematic representations of the city. Her books include Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 (co-edited with Peter Hames, Temple, 2013); Screen Memories: the Hungarian Cinema of Márta Mészáros (Indiana, 1993); and Gendered Subjects (Routledge, 2012). Her most recent essays have appeared in The Legacy of the Holocaust in Film: Psychoanalytic Reflections (2016); Cinematic Homecomings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema  (2014); Cinema, State Socialism and Society in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1917-1989: Re-Visions (2014); Bringing the Dark Past to Light: the Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe (2013); Cinema's Alchemist: The Films of Péter Forgács (2012); Blackwell Companion to East European Cinema (2012); Blackwell Companion to Historical Film (2012); Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies (2011); The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema (2011); Projected Shadows: Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Representation of Loss in European Cinema (2009); Yale French Studies (2009);Texte, Image, Imaginaire (2007), Caméra Politique: Cinéma et Stalinisme (2005); East European Cinemas (2005); and 24 Frames: Central Europe (2005).

Portuges teaches French Film, Cinema and Psyche, and the Dissertation Research Seminar, and is a frequent lecturer at international conferences, an invited programmer, curator, juror and consultant for film festivals and colloquia, and a delegate to international film festivals. She serves on the editorial board of Studies in Eastern European Cinema (UK), Jewish Film and New Media: an International Journal, and AHEA: E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educational Association, and is a member of the Academic Advisory Board, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, and Consultant for Eastern Europe, European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (London, UK); the Film Committee, Association for Jewish Studies; and Inaugural Fellow, College of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (appointed by the editor-in-chief).