French and Italian
Department Chairs:
Libby Murphy
Rice 10

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5257
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, Ohio, 44074

Grace An

Grace An

Associate Professor of French/Cinema Studies
Director, Cinema Studies

Contact Information


Rice 101
(440) 775-6657

Personal Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:00 and by appointment.

Grace An

Grace An

Educational Background

  • A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1993
  • PhD, Cornell University, 2004

I came to Oberlin after completing my PhD in Romance Studies at Cornell University, where I specialized in 20th century French visual studies.  My dissertation, "Par-asian Technologies:  French Cinematic, Artistic, and Literary Encounters with East Asia since 1945," was published in a series of articles, focusing on the films of French filmmakers Olivier Assayas, Chris Marker, Jean-Luc Godard, and Alain Resnais. My courses at Oberlin span a wide range, from French language courses and a survey of French cinema, to the French New Wave, documentary cinema, stars studies, and 20th century French literature.
I am currently working on two projects.  The first is a collaborative project with Pat Day: New Wave, New Hollywood, New Cinema Studies. We're interested in the two mentioned movements as models of progress for the cinema, and in turn their impact on the development of cinema studies as an academic discipline.  In my other project, Beauty Enhanced: Technologies of Mature Femininity, I examine the experience and meaning of aging in contemporary society in which medicine, technology, and celebrity culture combine in surprising ways to create new ways of aging and new understandings of the relations among the self, the body, and the larger world.