Tami Williams

Associate Professor
 Curtin Hall 474


MA, University of California-Los Angeles
PhD, University of California-Los Angeles

Teaching and Research Interests:

Archive Studies
Silent Cinema
Classical Film Theory
Global Women Directors
National Cinemas (Europe, Asia, Middle East)
Film and the Other Arts (music, dance, theater, painting)
Cinema and Digital Culture

Tami Williams is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies. She recently published a monograph on 1920s French avant-garde feminist and filmmaker, Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations (U. Illinois Press). Her current research on wordlessness and gesture explores the relationship between turn-of-the-century performance arts (modern pantomime, symbolist theater, burlesque, modern dance), early cinema, and contemporary contemplative cinema. She is also editing a special issue of AMIA’s journal The Moving Image on Early Cinema and the Archives.

She has published articles in multiple languages (French, Italian, German, Greek, Slovenian) for editors and journals such as 1895 (Paris), Cinéma (Bologna), Cinémathèque française (Paris), Ekran (Lubiana), Framework (N. America), Kinémathek (Frankfurt), and the Olympic Museum (Lausanne), and has curated film programs for the Block Cinema (Chicago), Musée d’Orsay (Paris), Cinema Ritrovato (Bologna), Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone), Greek Film Archive (Athens), and the National Gallery (Washington D.C.).Her research and teaching interests include  Archive Studies, Silent Cinema, Classical Film Theory, Global Women Directors, National Cinemas,  Film and the Other Arts (music, dance, theater, painting), as well as Cinema and Digital Culture.

Recent Publications:

Williams, Tami M. Invitation to a Voyage: The Life and Films of Germaine Dulac, from Aesthetics to Politics. UIUC Press, 2014.
Williams, Tami M. “’The ‘Silent’ Arts: Modern Pantomime and the Making of an Art Cinema in Belle Époque Paris.’.” A Companion to Early Cinema Wiley-Blackwell, (2012): pp. 99-118.
Williams, Tami M. “Toward the Development of a Modern ‘Impressionist’ Cinema: Germaine Dulac’s La Belle Dams sans merci (1921) and the Deconstruction of the Femme Fatale Archetype.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 51.2 (2010): 404-419.
Williams, Tami M. Germaine Dulac: La Coquille et le Clergyman/The Seashell and the Clergyman. Light Cone, 2009.
Williams, Tami M. “Germaine Dulac and the French Film Industry between the Wars: Modernizing the ‘News-Real.” Gender and Politics: Women in Europe between the Wars. Ed. Kershaw, Angela, and Kimyongur, A. M. Ashgate Press, (2007): 171-189.
Dulac, Germaine. Germaine Dulac: Au delà des impressions. Ed. Williams, Tami M., and Véray, Laurent. AFRHC/Cineteca Bologna, 2006.
Williams, Tami M., ed. “Germaine Dulac, au-delà des impressions (anthology).” 1895, special issue/hors série Paris: Association Française de Recherche sur l’Histoire du Cinéma (AFRHC)/Cineteca Bologna,, (2006): 261.