Burlin Barr



Contact Information

Willard-DiLoreto Hall W 401-02

Phone: 860-832-2780

Email: barrbur@ccsu.edu


Burlin Barr

Professor, Department of English

Program Coordinator, Cinema Studies



Ph.D. English Language and Literature, Cornell University. January 1999

M.A. English Language and Literature, Cornell University. January 1996

M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry), Cornell University. August 1992

B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Anthropology, Cornell University. May 1985



Central Connecticut State University, Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor

Fall 2006-Present

Simmons College, Assistant Professor

Fall 2004-Spring 2006

Bowdoin College, Visiting Assistant Professor

Fall 2003-Spring 2004

Amherst College, Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor

Fall 1999-Spring 2003

Ithaca College, Visiting Assistant Professor

Spring 1998 and 1999

Cornell University, Lecturer and Instructor

Fall 1991-1998



“On Cultural Amnesia and Historical Erasure: Raoul Peck’s Lumumba and Lumumba: La mort du prophète”; African Studies Review 54:1(Spring 2011)

Burlin Barr and John Drabinski (editors and contributors), Godard and Philosophy, a special issue of The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 18:2 (Fall 2010).

"Shot and Counter-shot: Presence, Obscurity, and the Breakdown of Discourse in Godard's Notre Musique"; The Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 18:2 (Fall 2010).

“Dependency, Appetite, and Iconographies of Hunger in Mambéty's Hyenas”; Social Text #103 (Summer 2010)

“No Parking between Signs: On Sadie Benning’s Flat is Beautiful and early works”; Jump Cut 51 (2009)

“No Parking between Signs: On Sadie Benning’s Flat is Beautiful,” in Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World, eds. Katherine Hermes and Karen Ritzenhoff (Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridege, UK, 2009).

“’Wandering with Precision’: Aesthetic Contamination and the Mise-en-scene of Desire in Chris Marker’s Sans soleil”; Screen45:3 (2004)

“Too Close, Too Far: Cultural Composition in Straub and Huillet’s Too Early, Too Late (1981)”; Camera Obscura #53 (2003)



On Cultural Amnesia and Historical Erasure: Raoul Peck’s Lumumba and

Lumumba: La mort du prophe, 11th Annual Faculty Research

Conference, ECSU, March 29, 2008.

"Ambivalent Modernities in Mambety's Hyenas and Touki Bouki," Translating

across Cultures: 33rd Annual Conference on Film and Literature. Florida

State University January 31-February 3, 2008.

“The Politics of the Ordinary in Sembne’s Faat Kine and Moolaad,” Feminism(s):

Film, Video, Politics, University of Hartford, Spring 2007.

“No Parking between Signs: On Sadie Benning’s Flat is Beautiful,” The Language of

Images: an International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Text and

Image, Central Connecticut State University, Spring 2007.

“Timeless Animals: On Marker’s La Jete,” 2005 Literature and Film Association

Conference, Dickinson College, Fall 2005.

“Greed, Appetite, and Sexual Consumption in Two Films by Mambty,” Screen Media

and Sexual Politics Conference, Plymouth State University, Fall 2004.

“Mobile Public Spheres in Marker’s Le Fond De L’Air Est Rouge,” Society for Cinema

and Media Studies, Atlanta, Spring, 2004

Moderator/Discussant, Law’s Moving Image, Amherst College, Spring 2003

“There is no Master Shot: Maya Deren’s Meshes of an Afternoon and the Destruction

of Domestic Space, ” Poetics of Space, Binghamton University, Spring 2000.

“‘Wandering with Precision’: Cultural Anti-destinations and Alienated Desire

in Chris Marker’s Sans soleil,” 25th Annual Conference on Literature and Film,

Florida State University, Spring 2000.

“Embalmed in Film: Derek Jarman and the Returns of Caravaggio,” Group for

Early Modern Cultural Studies, Rochester, Fall 1995



Pedagogy and African cinema. “Africa in Film/Film in Africa,” a conference sponsored by

Five Colleges, Inc., April 1 &2, 2006, at Amherst College.




Assistant Chair, Department of English, Fall 2014-Spring 2018

Program Coordinator, CCSU Cinema Studies, Fall 2006-Present

Secretary of the CCSU Faculty Senate, Fall 2010-Spring 2014

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan

External Tenure Review, Simon Fraser University

Manuscript Reviewer:

African Studies Review

Image and Narrative

Studies in Law, Politics, and Society

CCSU Faculty Senate elections committee (2009-10)

CCSU FYE Training (summer 2009)

Curriculum Committee member, Department of English CCSU (Fall 2008-present)

Assessment Committee member, Department of English CCSU (Fall 2007-Spring 2009)

Organizer (with Karen Ritzenhoff and Doris Honig Guenter) of Women and Film

Festival, CCSU (Fall 2008)

Portfolio Evaluator, Charter Oak State College (Spring 07-present)

Advisory Board, Women and Film Festival, CCSU (Fall 2006)

Co-chair, Dean’s Advisory Committee on Film and Video Arts at Amherst College, 2002

Amherst College representative to the Five-College Film Council, 2002

Jury Member, Five College Student Film Festival, Spring 2000

Course Leader, Writing about Film, Cornell University, Fall 1998

Poetry Editor, Epoch, 1993-1999

Assessment Consultant, Writing Workshop, Cornell University, 1993-1996

Student Representative, English Department Graduate Policy and Curriculum Committee, Spring and Fall 1997

Peer Collaboration Program for Teachers of Undergraduate Writing, Fall 1996

Writing 700, “Teaching Writing,” Cornell University, Summer 1991

Teaching Internship, Cornell University, Summer 1991



“Tremendous Mood Swings,” Best American Poetry 1994

“Tremendous Mood Swings,” Grand Street (46)

“Cul de Sac,” Grand Street (42)

“Seven Thursdays,” Northwest Review (29:3)

“Lake,” Northwest Review (29:3)

“Rhythmic Entrapment,” Northwest Review (27:3)




AAUP University Research Grant, 2011-12

AAUP University Research Grant, 2010-11

Martin Sampson Teaching Award 1997, Cornell University

Mellon Graduate Completion Fellowship, 1996-97

Mellon Graduate Fellowship, 1995

Corson-Bishop Poetry Prize, 1992

Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Prize, 1991

Grants from the Cornell Council for the Creative and Performing Arts, 1991 and 1988