Steven Ungar

Steven Ungar
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies (Fall 2019)
PhD, Cornell University
W225 Alder Journalism Building
Office Hours: 
T/Th 1:50-3:20 PM
Courses Taught: 

Ungar's fall 2019 course offering is “Left Bank Cinema Revisited.”

Selected Publications: 
  • “The Present Social Situation of the French Novel: “Journey to the End of Night (Louis-Ferdinand Céline) & Man’s Fate (André Malraux).” In Christopher Prendergast, ed. The Princeton History of Modern French Literature(Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press) FORTHCOMING 2015.
  • “Walking with Hegel in Marseilles: Robert Guédiguian and Les Neiges du KilimandjaroFrench Cultural Studies (2014), IN PRESS
  • “Totally, Tenderly, Tragically . . . and in Color: Another Look at JLG’s Le Mépris.” InTom Conley & T. Jefferson Kline, eds., A Companion to Jean-Luc Godard. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
  •  “Scenes in a Library: Alain Resnais &Toute la mémoire du monde (1956).” SubStance 128 (2012).
  • Critical Mass: Social Documentary in France, from the Silent Era to the New Wave (U of Minnesota Press, 2018).

    critical mass

Research Interests: 
20th-21st century French fiction, poetry, & thought; first-person narration; everyday life in word & image; French film of the 1930s; Left-Bank cinema (Resnais, Marker, Varda, & Rouch)

Steven Ungar teaches Cinema, French Studies, and Comparative Literature. His book-length publications include Roland Barthes: The Professor of Desire (1983), Scandal and Aftereffect: Blanchot and France Since 1930 (1995), Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (2005, with Dudley Andrew), and Cléo de 5 à 7 (2008). He has written essays on Jean-Paul Sartre, Francis Ponge, Jean Rouch, Jean Vigo, Patrick Modiano, W.G. Sebald, René Vautier, André Bazin, and Jean-Luc Godard. Ungar completed research on Critical Mass: Social Documentary in France (forthcoming 2018) with support from a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Recent publications include a chapter on Céline and Malraux in A History of Modern French Literature (Princeton UP). Forthcoming publications include chapter-length studies on Chantal Akerman’s La Captive and on Louis Malle’s Lacombe Lucien. Ungar’s current research is devoted to early documentary and short subject filmmaking in early postwar France.

Film Studies