Film Studies

Hannah Frank, assistant professorHannah Frank
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  • Ph.D., Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago
  • M.A., Film Studies, University of Iowa
  • B.A., cum laude, Film Studies, Yale University

Hannah Frank teaches courses on the history of animation, Russian and Soviet cinema, and special effects. She is at work on a book manuscript on the visual aesthetics of popular American animated cartoons of the mid-20th century. Her other research interests include films and videos that reside at the intersection of documentary, the avant-garde, and animation, particularly those that make use of found footage and optical effects; Sergei Eisenstein's film theory and film practice, but especially his drawings; the philosophical pragmatism of Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey; and the theory (and theology) of media and technology. She is also an experimental animator.

Selected publications:


“’Proceeding from the Heat-Oppressed Brain’: Thinking Through Eisenstein’s Macbeth Drawings,” Critical Quarterly vol. 59, no. 1 (April 2017): 71–84.

“Traces of the World: Cel Animation and Photography,” Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal vol. 11, no. 1 (March 2016): 23–39.

Book Chapters:

“The Potential of Pochta: Unlikely Affinities Between American and Soviet Animation, 1928–1948,” in A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood, ed. Zoe Beloff (New York: Christine Burgin, 2016), 99–112.

Book Reviews:

Review of A History of Swedish Experimental Film Culture: From Early Animation to Video Art, by Lars Gustaf Andersson, John Sundholm, and Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Quarterly Review of Film and Video vol. 30, no. 4 (May 2013): 351–54.

Review of Directory of World Cinema: Russia, ed. Birgit Beumers, Slavic and East European Journal vol. 56, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 651–53.