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T. Jefferson Kline

Professor of French
Faculty in French
Boston University
United States of America


"T. Jefferson Kline joined the faculty in 1979, as chair of the Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, after serving as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His publications include André Malraux and the Metamorphosis of Death (Columbia U. Press, 1973), Bertolucci’s Dream Loom: A Psychoanalytic Study of Cinema (U. Massachusetts Press, 1987), I film di Bertolucci (Rome: Gremese, 1992), Screening the Text: Intertextuality in New Wave French Film (Johns Hopkins Press, 1992), and Unraveling French Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He has edited The Film and the Book (1994), and Agnès Varda Interviews (U. Mississippi Press, 2013). Kline has co-edited, with Fabien Gerard, Bertolucci Interviews (U. Mississippi Press, 1999), with Naomi Schor, the posthumous publication of Charles Bernheimer’s Decadent Subjects (Johns Hopkins, 2000), with Tom Conley, A Companion to Jean-Luc Godard, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and with Lynn Higgins, Bertrand Tavernier Interviews (U. Mississippi Press, 2016). He has also authored numerous articles on the French novel, French theater and European cinema. His translations of the first three of thirteen volumes of Robert Merle’s epic Fortune de France, The Brethren (2014), City of Wisdom and Blood (2015) and Heretic Dawn (2016) have appeared at Pushkin Press in London. A Boston University Metcalf Award winner (2007), he teaches courses on modern French theater, the French novel, French existentialism, and the analysis, history and theory of French film."

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Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures 


  • Kline TJ. Unraveling french cinema: From l'Atalante to cach. John Wiley & Sons; 2010 Jan 12.

  • Kline TJ. Bertolucci's dream loom: a psychoanalytic study of cinema. University of Massachusetts Press; 1987.

  • Kline TJ. Screening the Text: Intertextuality in New Wave French Cinema. JHU Press; 2002 Dec 17.

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