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Margaret Flinn

Margaret Flinn

Margaret Flinn

Associate Professor of French; Associate Professor of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts



224 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • French and Franophone cinemas
  • Critical theory
  • Comics of the Franco-Belgian tradition (bande dessinée)


  • PhD Harvard University
  • MA Harvard University
  • BA Cornell University

Maggie Flinn’s research focuses on film, art and politics as intersecting cultural discourses. Her first book, The Social Architecture of French Cinema 1929-39, (Liverpool University Press, 2014), examines the construction, representation and experience of cinematographic spaces and places in documentary and realist fiction film. She is currently completing a book on director Olivier Assayas that places Assayas’s internationally well-known “techno-thrillers” in dialogue with his domestic dramas and considers the ensemble of Assayas’s œuvre in the light of current theories of cosmopolitanism. 

Flinn's writing includes articles on René Clair, Chris Marker, new media art, the documentaire romancé, the film theories of Élie Faure and Jacques Rancière, the Louvre and bande dessinéedisability and gender in the bandes dessinées of Farid Boudjellal, and women in North African cinema, for journals such as SubStanceStudies in French Cinema, Esprit Créateur, and Yale French Studies. Other publications include book chapters on 1930s "banlieutopia," photography in documentary bande dessinée, and Olivier Assayas’s published screenplays, and journal articles on bande dessinée as pastoral ecocriticism and memories of May 1968. Her most recent work includes book chapters on shoes in films of Max Linder from the 1910s, and the representation of gender and sexuality in the comics of Catherine Meurisse, with a forthcoming essay on the ethics of care in contemporary documentary.

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