Matt Hubbell

Matt Hubbell
Teaching Fellow, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, The College
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Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2021
Research Interests: Postwar French and Francophone cinema; performance, gesture, and the body; Marxism, critical theory, and leftist cinema; the Global Sixties


Matthew Hubbell is a Humanities Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on acting and performance as constitutive elements of cinematic form, particularly in postwar cinema. His dissertation, “Acting After the New Wave: The Political Aesthetics of Performance in France, 1968-1981,” completed with support from the Mellon Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the François Furet Travel Grant, and the Humanities Division Dissertation Research Travel Grant, examined performance, gesture, and the body in post-’68 French film in order to explore the intersections of cinematic form, politics, and everyday experience. He is at work on a book manuscript that builds on this project, and is currently researching the relation of the Women’s Liberation Movement to French actresses and their conception of the labor of acting. His other research interests include forms of transnational youth culture (including music and fashion) in the 1960s, Marxism and the history of leftist film, European horror and exploitation cinema, and the place of the image within historiographic practice.