Faculty Biography


Marcia Butzel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Screen Studies
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 793-7235
Email: mbutzel@clarku.edu

Dr. Butzel received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1975, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1977 and 1984, respectively. She has been at Clark since 1984 and serves also as adjunct associate professor of French and Comparative Literature. She is affiliated with programs in Women's and Gender Studies and Communication and Culture.

Current Research and Teaching

Professor Butzel teaches courses in film analysis, European film history, and film theory. Her varied research interests include International cinema, film criticism and theory, relationships between film and the other arts.

Drawing upon her professional background in dance, Dr. Butzel is completing a book, Illuminating Movement: Theory and Practice of Cinematic Choreography . This book examines modern philosophies of human and technological movement as foundations for understanding aspects of film narrativity. An interdisciplinary study, drawing upon dance theory, cognitive psychology, film and feminist theory, the book integrates theoretical discussion with analyses of film and media practice.

Selected Publications

Illuminating Movements: Theory and Practice of Cinematic Choreography. forthcoming.

Butzel, Marcia and Ana M. López, Guest Editors, "Mediating the National," Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 14, Number 3, 1993.