Ken Eisenstein

Ken Eisenstein

Assistant Professor of English
Specialization: history and interpretation of American avant-garde film
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Ken Eisenstein is an Assistant Professor in the English Department's Film/Media Studies Program. His research is centered on the American avant-garde film, but he happily follows some of its figures into other areas: Ken Jacobs into Race Films; Warren Sonbert into Douglas Sirk and opera + film; and Ernie Gehr into pre- and early cinema. Ken worked closely with both Anthology Film Archives and the Harvard Film Archive while completing his dissertation on Hollis Frampton and he hopes to encourage Bucknell students' involvement in such enriching activity.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Department of Cinema and Media Studies
  • M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Filmmaking
  • B.A., Cornell University, English

Scholarly Interests

  • American Avant-garde film
  • Film aesthetics
  • Film and other arts

Current Research

Ken is working on three articles: one on Ernie Gehr's collection of early cinema film prints; another on Gehr's recent found footage videos; and one on the role of Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (1859) in Billy Wilder's Love in the Afternoon (1957). He is also in the process of turning his dissertation — 'Disembering': The Activity of the Archive in Hollis Frampton — into a book.

Selected Publications

"Snowblind: Hollis Frampton's Vision of Michael Snow," Storyboard (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2018), n.p.

"'Where Time Does Not Play': Ernie Gehr Turning on a Dime," Ernie Gehr: Bon Voyage, ed. Andrea Bellini (Milan: Mousse Publishing/Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, 2015), pp. 23-47.

"Vicarious Vicario: Restocking John Vicario's Forgotten Shoppers Market (1963)," in Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, ed. David James (London: John Libbey Publishing, 2015).

"'The Archives of our Memory': Hollis Frampton's Marmoreal Mammary," The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 101-104.

"Hapax Legomena," A Hollis Frampton Odyssey, The Criterion Collection no. 607 (2012), pp. 24-29.

"On Tic | Tic On, Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs," Millennium Film Journal no. 55 (Spring 2012), pp. 10-12.

"Hollis Frampton's Hapax Legomena," Harvard Film Archive Bulletin (January-March 2011), p. 14.

"'They are like black lakes troubled by fantastic moons,'" FRAMEWORK: The Journal of Cinema and Media vol. 50, nos. 1 & 2 (Spring & Fall 2009), pp. 183-189.