David Gerstner

David Gerstner

Professor of Cinema Studies
Center for the Arts (1P) room 232A
Telephone: (718) 982-2546
David.Gerstner (at) csi.cuny.edu

Professor Gerstner is Chair of the Department of Media Culture as well as a member of the Doctoral Faculty in the Department of Theatre and the Film Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center.

Undergraduate Courses: Cinema 100, Film History, Film Theory, American Myth and Film, German Cinema, Internship and Independent-Study Supervision; Graduate Courses (MA): Research Methods, Genre Studies, Cinema and Ideology, Studies in Film Authorship, History of Media; Graduate Courses (Ph. D.): Aesthetics of Film, Studies in Authorship, Queer Culture, Theory, and Media, Film History.

His books include: Christophe Honoré: A Critical Introduction (co-written with Julien Nahmias, 2015); Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic (2011, Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2012); Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema (2006); The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture (editor, 2006—New York Public Library “Best of Reference,” 2007). His coedited works include Media Authorship (with Cynthia Chris) and Authorship and Film (with Janet Staiger). His essays appear in numerous anthologies and journals. He is editor of the book series, Queer Screens at Wayne State University Press.

Please visit his website for current cv and selected publications: http://cuny.academia.edu/DavidGerstner


Requests and Guidelines for Student Letters of Recommendation

Read: "Queer Angels of History Take It and Leave It From Behind" (Stanford Humanities Review 7:2 (1999): 150-56.

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Praise for David Gerstner's work

"Gerstner is a master theorist who renders a compelling and cutting-edge narrative about the complexity of black homosexual desire. The first book of its kind to specifically address the formation of black queer subjectivity in relation to white seduction, Queer Pollen offers a major contribution to African American studies, gender studies, film studies, literary studies, and art history.
- "E. Patrick Johnson, author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture is a New York Public Library Best of Reference 2007 Selection

Manly Arts reviewed in Screening the Past and M/C Reviews.

Masculinity in Film: The Emergence of a New Literature

Photo Credit: Jeff Harris