Media & Communication Department
Film History, Film Theory, American Film and Cultural Studies
Walson Hall 200
B.A., College of William and Mary
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Corbin specializes in the representation of race and cultural difference in film, and is specifically interested in how racial and cultural issues are symbolized by places and geographical relationships like travel. She has published “Melodrama and Multiculturalism: Southern White Heroines of the 1980s” in the volume Southerners on Film: Essays on Hollywood Portrayals since the 1970s, arguing that the intersection of femininity and whiteness was used as a vehicle to “redeem” the white South after the negative images from the Civil Rights era and was seen in alliance with African Americans in a new form of multiculturalism. She has an article on the way multiple locations are used symbolically to represent multiple identities in Native American writer/ director Sherman Alexie’s film The Business of Fancydancing forthcoming in a volume on Native American filmmaking entitled Talking Back, Moving Forward. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation; Traveling Spectators: Cinema, Geography, and Cultural Difference in America theorizes the geographical relations inherent in film spectatorship, illustrated through case studies of four iconic American places: Indian Country, the inner city, the South, and suburbs. Dr. Corbin’s courses include Introduction to Film Analysis, Film History: 1945-Present, Gender and Race in the Melodrama, The Inner City in American Film, and a first-year seminar on Martin Scorsese.