Name: Dr. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi
Title: Professor and Chair, Media Arts Department / Interim Assistant Dean, School of Communication and the Arts / Co-Chair, Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee

Office Location: Lowell Thomas 144
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 6045
Degrees Held:

B.A. French, University of Hawaii
M.A. French, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D. Comparative Literature and Film Studies, Indiana University


Paula Willoquet-Maricondi teaches courses in film aesthetics and history, theory and criticism, film and literature, as well as more specialized courses on particular directors, genres, and themes. She is Co-Chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisor Committee.  Before joining the faculty at Marist College in Fall 2001, she taught French, Film, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she also served as Coordinator of their Interdisciplinary Studies Program. She enjoys yoga, hiking, canoeing, and is committed to environmental conservation and sustainability. She was born and raised in Brazil.


Published Books:
Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film. An edited collection of essays on film, nature, and environmental justice. University of Virginia Press, August 2010.
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Peter Greenaway's Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema. Revised Edition Scarecrow Press, 2008 [First Edition 2001].
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Pedro Almodovar: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi, 2004.
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Selected Published Articles:

"Eco-Cinema as Environmental Activism." The Mid Atlantic Almanack, 16 (2007): 125-45

"Full-Metal-Jacketing, or Masculinity in the Making." In Depth of Field: Stanley Kubrick, Film and the Uses of History. James Diedrick, Geoffrey Cocks, and Glenn Perusek, Eds. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. Originally published in Cinema Journal 33.2 (1994): 3-21.
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"Through a Glass, Clearly." Release Print (Nov/Dec 2005): 44-45.

"The Greening of Cultural Studies: Peter Greenaway's Contract with Nature in The Draughtsman's Contract." Green Letters 6 (Winter 2005): 9-23.

"The Exploitation of Human and Nonhuman Nature in Peter Greenaway's A Zed and two Noughts." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE) 10.1 (2003): 55-74.

"A Wild Child Goes Shopping: Naturalizing Commodities and Commodifying Nature in Nell." Co-authored. In Hollywood Goes Shopping. David Desser, ed. University of Minnesota Press, 2000. 330-53.
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"God, Art, and the Gospel: The Construction of the Heterosexual Couple According to Godard." Film/Literature Quarterly 27.4 (1999): 301-09.

"Mario Vargas Llosa's In Praise of the Stepmother and the Virtual Body of the Text." Literature Interpretation Theory (LIT) 9.4 (1999): 263-79.

"Fleshing the Text: The Pillow Book and the Erasure of the Body." Postmodern Culture: An Electronic Journal of Interdisciplinary Criticism 9.2 (1999).
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"Aime Cesaire's A Tempest and Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books as Ecological Rereadings and Rewritings of Shakespeare's The Tempest." In Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and Environment. Eds. Michael Branch, Rochelle Johnson, Daniel Patterson, and Scott Slovic. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Press, 1998. 247-69.
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"African Animism, Negritude, and the Interdependence of Place and Being." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE) 3.2 (Fall 1996): 47-61.

"Federico Fellini's E la nave va and the Post-Modern Shipwreck." Romance Languages Annual 6 (1995): 383-88.

"L'Annee derniere a Marienbad and Cet obscur objet du desir: The Interpretative Quest." Romance Languages Annual 5 (1994): 129-35.

"Colonialism, Enlightenment, Castration: Writing, Narration, and Legibility in L'Etranger." Co-authored. Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 16.2 (1992): 265-88.

"Up Against the Looking-Glass!: Heterosexual Rape as Homosexual Epiphany in The Accused." Co-authored. Film/Literature Quarterly 17.4 (1989): 214-23.

Book Reviews:

Review Essay of David Whitley, The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation. Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2008. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4.2 (July 2009): 203-11
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Review Essay of Liz Miller, The Water Front. Distributed by Bullfrog Films, 2007 and Oscar Olivera & Tom Lewis Cochabamba! Water War in Bolivia. Cambridge, MA: South End Press 2004. Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy.
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Amy Lawrence, The Films of Peter Greenaway. "Peter Greenaway: A User's Manual." Film-Philosophy Electronic Salon (1998).
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Bridget Elliott and Anthony Purdy, Peter Greenaway: Architecture and Allegory. "Feasting on Allegory." Film-Philosophy Electronic Salon (1998).
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Daniel Quinn, The Story of B: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit. Wild Earth 8.1 (1998): 96.

Alan Woods, Being Naked/Playing Dead: The Art of Peter Greenaway. Canadian Journal of Film Studies 6.2 (1997): 92-94. Reprinted in Film-Philosophy Electronic Salon as "Peter Greenaway: A Total Artist."
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Research Interests:

While my research interests cross disciplinary and cultural boundaries, I am particularly interested in the areas of gender studies, the politics of visuality, the representation of the body in cinema, postmodern theory, ecocriticism, environmental justice, and campus sustainability.


Conferences & Workshops:

Selected Conference Presentations:

The Place of Ecocriticism in Film Studies. The 50th Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 17-21, 2010.

The Limits of Environmentalism in Winged Migration and March of the Penguins. The 39th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Buffalo, NY, April 10-13, 2008.

"The Problem of Images: The Limits of Environmentalism in Environmentalist Films." Seventh Biannual Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Wofford College, Spartanburg, June 12-16, 2007.

"Criticism and Theory: Is There a Distinctly 'Ecocritical" Method?" Seventh Biannual Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Wofford College, Spartanburg, June 12-16, 2007.

"Communicating Dissent: Eco-Cinema and Activism." NYSCA 64th Annual Conference, Oct 20-22, 2006, Kerhonkson, NY.

"The Eco-Documentary as Activist Cinema." Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Oct 27-29, 2006, Baltimore,MD

"An Ecofeminist Perspective on Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane." 15th Women and Society Conference, Nov 3-4, Marist. College, Poughkeepsie, 2006,NY.

"Explorations in Eco-Cinema." Towards an Eco-Cinema: Arts & Ecology Conference, RSA and Arts Council England, September 28-29,2005, Bristol, UK.

"The Rhetoric of Water in Experimental, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Documentary Film." Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), June 21-25, 2005, Eugene, OR.

"Water as an Environmental Justice Issue in Experimental and Activist Cinema." Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), March 31-April 3, 2005, London, UK.

"Female Masculinity: Or the Re-Centering of Hegemonic Masculinity?" Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (SCMS), Atlanta, GA, March 4-7. 2004.

"Visual Nature: Representation and the Eclipse of the Senses." Eastern Communication Association (ECA), Washington DC, April 24-27, 2003.

"The Aesthetics of Cruelty and the Cruelty of Aesthetics in Peter Greenaway's Cinema." International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL). Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 3-8, 2002.

"From Life to Still-life: The Zoo as Museum and Slaughterhouse in Peter Greenway's A Zed and Two Noughts." Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA). Toronto, Canada, April 12-13, 2002.

"The Green Man's Contract with Nature in Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract." Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Flagstaff, Arizona, June 19-24, 2001."

"Peter Greenaway: An Avant-Gardist Of and For the Millenium." Rethinking the Avant-Garde: Between Politics and Aesthetics. University of Notre Dame, April 14-15, 2000.

"From Cave Paintings to Filmmaking: A Philosophical Investigation of 'Framing' as a Technical, Aesthetic, Thematic, and Ideological Device." Society for Cinema Studies (SCS). Chicago, Illinois, March 9-12, 2000.

"The Representation of Nature in Film: Yellowstone Without the Rotten Egg Smell." Invited panelist for round-table discussion at the 2000 North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community. Reno, Nevada, February 10-12, 2000.

"Postmodern Memoirs of the French Revolution." The Tenth International Congress on the Enlightenment. Dublin, Ireland, July 25-31, 1999.

"Is It Real or Is It Virtual? The Virtually Real Art-World of Peter Greenaway." Society for Cinema Studies (SCS). West Palm Beach, Florida, April 15-18, 1999.

"Postmodernism, Wilderness Preservation, and The Story of B: Continuing the Dialogue." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Missoula, Montana, July 17-19, 1997.

"Breaking the Frame: A Deep Ecology Approach to the Art of Peter Greenaway." American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), "New Worlds for Old." Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. April 10-13, 1997.