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 essays on the intersection of femininity and whiteness in Southern films of the 1980s, the multiple locations in Sherman Alexie’s film The Business of Fancydancing, the hybrid aesthetics of Charles Burnett's My Brother's Wedding, and the theory of film spectatorship as virtual travel. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cinematic Geographies and Multicultural Spectatorship in America, which demonstrates the way that iconic American places-- Indian Country, the inner city, the South, and the suburbs-- were used to express a growing interest in multiculturalism during the post-civil rights era. Dr. Corbin’s courses include Introduction to Film Analysis, Film History: 1950-Present, Melodrama, Travel and Cultural Encounters in Film, and a first-year seminar on Martin Scorsese.