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Margaret Flinn

Margaret Flinn

Margaret Flinn

Associate Professor of French


224 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Office Hours

Autumn 2020 (virtual via Zoom):
By appointment M-F, 9-5

Areas of Expertise

  • French and Francophone cinemas
  • Critical Theory
  • Comics of the Franco-Belgian tradition (bande dessinée)


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2005
  • M.A., Harvard University, 2000
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1994 (summa cum laude)

Photo: @Jes Childress Photography

Maggie Flinn’s research focuses on film, art and politics as intersecting cultural discourses. Her first book, The Social Architecture of French Cinema 1929-39, (Liverpool University Press, 2014), examines the construction, representation and experience of cinematographic spaces and places in documentary and realist fiction film. She is currently completing a book on director Olivier Assayas that places Assayas’s internationally well-known “techno-thrillers” in dialogue with his domestic dramas and considers the ensemble of Assayas’s œuvre in the light of current theories of cosmopolitanism. 

Professor Flinn's writing includes articles on René Clair, Chris Marker, new media art, the documentaire romancé, the film theories of Élie Faure and Jacques Rancière, the Louvre and bande dessinée, disability and gender in the bandes dessinées of Farid Boudjellal, and women in North African cinema, for journals such as SubStanceStudies in French Cinema, Esprit Créateur, and Yale French Studies. Other publications include book chapters on 1930s "banlieutopia," photography in documentary bande dessinée, and Olivier Assayas’s published screenplays, and journal articles on bande dessinée as pastoral ecocriticism and memories of May 1968. Her most recent work includes book chapters on shoes in films of Max Linder from the 1910s, and the representation of gender and sexuality in the comics of Catherine Meurisse, with a forthcoming essay on the ethics of care in contemporary documentary.

Seminars and graduate courses taught at Ohio State for the Department of French and Italian and the Program in Film Studies include “The American Auteur: Martin Scorsese,” “Document, History, Heritage: Contemporary French Cinemas,” “The Architecture of the Image in Italy and France, 1930s-1960s,” “Afriques-sur-Seine: Franco-African Cinematic Encounters,” “Documentary Cinema,” “French Graphisms: Bande dessinée and Animated Cinema,” and "Qu'est-ce que le genre?: à l'écrit et à l'écran."