Alice Craven


  • Department: Comparative Literature and English
  • Complementary Department(s): Film Studies
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Professor Craven, associate professor of comparative literature and chair of film studies received her BA at St. John's College in philosophy and mathematics, studied philosophy at Catholic University before moving into a PhD program at New York University where she received her diploma in 1992. Her graduate work in seventeenth century Baroque tragedy led her eventually into other fields, notably, the links between Baroque tragedy and cinema; a concept which she has since applied to a study of African-American film and literature. She has equally written about an area of Paris, La Goutte d'Or, and its resonance with socio-political issues linked to the Franco-Algerian war as well as to the American civil rights controversies. Craven has published on Jean-Luc Godard, Bertolt Brecht, Shakespeare, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Abd Al Malik and Chester Himes and has produced short videos and radio productions in tandem with her research interests. She coordinates the FirstBridge Freshman Learning community program at the American University of Paris where she is able to capitalize on her interdisciplinary interests. 


  • PhD (1992), New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deparment of Comparative Literature, Valedictorian GSAS
  • BA (1980), St. John's College, Annapolis Maryland