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Jerry White B.A. (Oregon), M.A. & Ph.D. (Alberta) Professor

Office
Arts 323

Research Area(s)

  • Film Studies
  • Irish Studies
  • European Studies
  • Minority Languages
  • Quebec
  • Canada
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies

About me

Jerry White teaches and writes about cinema, literature and culture in Quebec, Canada and Europe.

He is the author of books on Stan Brakhage, Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, and John Berger and Alain Tanner, as well as the book The Radio Eye (2009, paperback 2018), on cinema experiments in the North Atlantic (Quebec, Newfoundland, the Faroe Islands, and Ireland).  He has also edited two anthologies on Canadian cinema: North of Everything (2002, with William Beard) and The Cinema of Canada (2006, preface by Atom Egoyan).

He has curated film programmes for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montreal), the Filmoteca de Catalunya (Barcelona) and the cinematheque of the National Archives of Georgia (Tbilisi).

He is the film critic for the Dalhousie Review, contributes regularly to the film magazine Cinema Scope, and has written for the Literary Review of Canada.  Op-eds have appeared in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Le Devoir and the Irish Times.

He has previously served as the president of the Film Studies Association of Canada and the Canadian Association for Irish Studies.  At the moment he is the treasurer of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association.  He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, New Hibernia Review, Sjani: Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (Tbilisi), and Alternative francophone.

He is also Adjunct Professor of French at Dalhousie University.

Publications


Current CV (as of 26 August 2021)


Publications in University of Saskatchewan signature research area: Indigenous Peoples


Selected conference papers of the last ten years

(i.e. material that never became an article or chapter)


Publications of the last ten years:


Books:

Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980–1990.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2018.

Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.

Re-visioning Europe: The Films of John Berger and Alain Tanner.  Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011.


Special sections edited:

Hidden Europe — Dalhousie Review 101.1 (Spring 2021)

The Cinematic Informer — New Hibernia Review 24:2 (Summer 2020)

La France Catalane — Dalhousie French Studies 113 (Winter 2019)

Minor Cinemas [w/Doris Hambuch, UAE University) — Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 45:3 (Fall 2018)


Book chapters:

“For a Renewed ‘Linguistic Turn’: Comparative Studies and the Language-Department Model.”  In Susan Ingram and Irene Sywenky, eds, Comparative Literature in Canada: Contemporary Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Publishing in Review.  Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2019.  Pp. 23–37.

"Maps, Movements and Migrants: Reading Tim Robinson Though Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta"  In Derek Gladwin and Christine Cusick, eds., Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture and Environment.  Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.  Pp. 160-172.

“Grierson in Ireland.”  In Zoë Druick, ed., The Grierson Effect: Tracing Documentary’s International Movement.  London: British Film Institute / Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.  Pp. 169-186.

“Ephemeral Godard: Video, History and Quebec.”  In Zoë Druick and Gerda Cammaer, eds., Cinephemera: Archives, Ephemeral Cinema, and New Screen Histories in Canada.  Montreal/Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2014.  Pp. 184-195.

“Sauver le Québec, sauver l’Irlande: Jacques Ferron et l’effelquois atlantique.”  In Linda Cardinal, Simon Jolivet, and Isabelle Matte, eds., Le Québec et l’Irlande: Culture, Histoire, Identité.  Quebec City: Septentrion, 2014.  Pp. 236-251.


Journal articles: 

“Some Preliminary Considerations for a Métis-Catalan Comparison.”  Aboriginal Policy Studies 9.2 (2021).  Pp. 75–95.

The Three Cities of George Steiner.”  Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue canadienne de littérature comparée 47:2 (Summer 2020).  Pp. 230–240.

“The Cinematic Informer: Uptight!”  New Hibernia Review 24:2 (Summer 2020).  Pp. 54–62.

In Search of Our Roots: Remembering Simone Weil’s North American Emergence.”  Dalhousie Review 99.3 (Autumn 2019).  Pp. 411–420.

Republican Difficulties: Noè Jordania’s Difficultés socialistes, Antoni Roviri i Virgili’s L’Estat català, and the Vagaries of Exile Writers in France.”  Sjani: Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature 20–21 (2019).  Pp. 266–272.

“Reading the Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement Through Michel Deguy and Israel.”  Dalhousie French Studies 114 (Summer 2019).  Pp. 31–41.

 “Cold War Contexts: Pawlikowski in Film, Television and European History.”  Film Quarterly 72:3 (Spring 2019).  Pp. 44–51.

“‘Y a-t-il des Catalans en France pour pouvoir y espérer l’avènement d’un cinéma catalan ?’ : Introducing La France catalane.”  Dalhousie French Studies 113 (Winter 2019).  Pp. 3–23.

Introduction: Four Kinds of Minor Cinema (and some notes on a fifth).”  Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue canadienne de littérature comparée 45:3 (Fall 2018).  Pp. 357–380.

The Spectres Haunting Europe: Reading Contemporary Catalan Nationalism Through The Break-Up of Britain.”  European Review 26:4 (Winter 2018).  Pp. 600­­–615.

Poitín agus an ‘Tercer cine’.” New Hibernia Review 20:4 (Winter 2016).  Pp. 76–90.  [Written in English, translated into Irish]

Forms of Multiculturalism and Secularism: Charles Taylor and Ireland.”  Irish Studies Review 24:3 (Summer 2016).  Pp. 327-350.

[Co-authored with Nino Dzandzava]  “The Cinema of Georgia’s First Independence Period: Between Republican and European.”  Film History 27:4 (2016).  Pp. 151-182.

Place, Dialect and Broadcasting in Irish: Plus ça change…..Éire-Ireland 50:1-2 (2015).  Pp. 113-136. 

The Archival Situation of Georgian Cinema.” The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists 14.1 (Spring 2014).  Pp. 10-29.

Informe general and the Missing Link of Third Cinema.”  Screen 54:3 (Fall 2013).  Pp. 305-321.

 “A Catalan Gaze Upon Ireland: José Luis Guerin’s Innisfree.”  CineAction #90 (2013).  Pp. 13-20.

Recovering Quebec Culture: The Feature Films of Bernard Émond.”  American Review of Canadian Studies 43:2 (Spring 2013).  Pp. 204-217.

Lumière, Astruc, Bazin: Raymond Depardon’s Profils paysans.”  CineAction #87 (2012).  Pp. 4-9.



Academic book reviews and medium-length articles:

"A History of Icelandic Film."  Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue candienne d'études cinématographiques 30:1 (Spring 2021).  Pp. 164–67.

Remembrance and the Fate of a Commercial Canadian Cinema.”  Short Film Studies 10:1 (2020).  Pp. 79­–81.

"Canadian Films in Georgia and a Common Film Front to the World."  Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue candienne d'études cinématographiques 28:2 (Fall 2019).  Pp. 81–87.

Crosscurrents: How Film Policy Developed in Quebec, 1960–1983.”  Canadian Historical Review 100.4 (2019).  Pp. 684–86.

Report from Tbilisi.”  Film Quarterly 71:4 (Summer 2018).  Pp. 58–64.

“In Memorium: John Berger of the Haute-Savoie.”  Film Quarterly 70:4 (Summer 2017).  Pp. 93-98.

Sociolinguistics in Ireland, edited by Raymond Hickey.”  Journal of Multicultural and Multilingual Development 38:4 (2017).  Pp. 375–77.

“Part Seminar, Part Something Else: The 69th Festival del Film, Locarno.”  Film Quarterly 70:2 (Winter 2016).  Pp. 74-80.

The Woman Who Married Clark Gable and Thaddeus O’Sullivan: Short Films.”  Estudios Irlandeses #10 (2015).

Fògradh, Fàisneachd, Filidheachd / Parting, Prophecy, Poetry, edited and translated by John A. Macpherson and Michael Linkletter.” Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal 17 (2014).  Pp. 143-45.

Le vert et le bleu: Identité québécoise et identité irlandaise au tournant du xxe siècle and Language and Conflict in Northern Ireland and Canada: A Silent War.”  Études irlandaises 31:1 (2013).  Pp. 209-211.

Celts in the Americas, edited by Michael Newton.” Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal 16 (2013).  Pp. 213-15.



Op-eds:

"Five Europes at play in the ongoing Catalan crisis," Irish Times, 16 April 2018 

"La Catalogne, un mouvement indépendantiste moderne et territorial," Le Devoir, 3 October 2017

"Gaelic Grievances Deeper than 'Still Mad About Culloden,'" Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 24 March 2014



CBC or Radio-Canada appearances:

Sur la situation catalane: le 11 octobre 2017

On Brexit: 21 June 2016



Non-academic book Reviews:

Scots and Catalans, in the Irish Times, 29 September 2018

Review of Charles Taylor, The Language Animal, in the Literary Review of Canada, July/August 2016

Change Your Direction” [On Rebecca Schuman’s Schadenfreude: A Love Story].  Open Letters Monthly, June 2017.

“Insurrections of the Bland”  [On The New Republic’s 100th anniversary].  Open Letters Monthly, November 2015.

“Il n’y pas d’Israël pour moi” [Review of Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission].  Open Letters Monthly, April 2015.

“Independence Day” [On separatism in Quebec, Scotland and Catalonia].  Open Letters Monthly, January 2015.

“Not Just Cutting Ribbons” [On the Irish presidency].  Open Letters Monthly, April 2014.

“Mé Féin.”  [On Fintan O’Toole and Irish Republicanism]  Open Letters Monthly, June 2013.

Review of books about Scotland and Quebec in the Literary Review of Canada, June 2013




Curatorial Writing:

Cinémathèque Québécoise

• 2020: Dossiers de la cinémathèque 20: Le cinéma de Pat Collins

• 2018: Dossiers de la cinémathèque 19: Revoir le cinéma géorgien

• 2017: Dossiers de la cinémathèque 18: À propos du cinéma catalan


Centre for European Studies

With the Filmoteca de Catalunya and the Irish Film Institute:

• 2014: (w/Regina Uí Chollatáin): Films gaèlics a Catalunya / Scannáin Ghaelacha sa Chatalóin

With the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival:

• 2013:  The Mountains, the Ocean and the Metropolis: Notes on John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses

• 2012: A Film About the Sea: Notes on Allan Sekula and Noël Burch’s The Forgotten Space


Museum of Modern Art / Pacific Film Archive

• Essay “From Tbilisi to Tehran and Back Again,” for their catalogue Discovering Georgian Cinema (2014)  [Also published in a Georgian-language edition]




"Film Chronicles" in the Dalhousie Review

Spring 2021: Small Axe and Georgian slow cinema

Autumn 2020: American Utopia and Irish-Canadian Coproductions 

Summer 2019: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Jump Cut

Spring 2019:  Shazam and Agnès Varda

Summer 2019:  Black KkKlansman and Jim Henson

Spring 2018: Early Man and Barry Jenkins – Raoul Peck

Summer 2017: Wonder Woman and New Directors-New Films

Autumn 2016: Atlantic and Locarno Film Festivals

Summer 2016: Ghostbusters and French-Algeria connections

Spring 2016: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Chantal Akerman

Autumn 2015: Nobody Wants the Night and Hubert Sauper


Articles in Cinema Scope

“Traces of Desire: Robert Kramer in France.”  Cinema Scope #83 (Summer 2020).  Pp. 33–35.

“Où est le cinéma?  On Sontag: Her Life and Work.”  Cinema Scope #81 (Winter 2020). Pp. 64–65.

“TV or Not TV: A Tale of Two Handmaids.”  Cinema Scope #77 (Winter 2019).  Pp. 67–69.

“Our Hitlers: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg and the Roots of the Alt-Right.”  Cinema Scope #72 (Fall 2017).  Pp. 44-48.

“Locarno (2): Correspondences.”  Cinema Scope #68 (Fall 2016).  Pp. 63-64.

“The Changing of the Age: Pere Portabella on Informe General II.”  Cinema Scope #67 (Summer 2016). Pp. 14-17.

“Star Wars: Laura Poitras’ Astro Noise.”  Cinema Scope (Toronto) #66 (Spring 2016).  Pp. 20-22.

“Son/Image/Film/Video: Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve qui peut (la vie).”  Cinema Scope #62 (Spring 2015).  Pp. 67-69.

’71.”  Cinema Scope #61 (Winter 2015).  Pp. 76-77.

“Ermek Shinarbaev’s Revenge and the Birth of a Post-Soviet Cinema.”  Cinema Scope #58 (Spring 2014).  Pp. 65-66.

Ida.”  Cinema Scope #57 (Winter 2014).  P.44.

“A General Report on Pere Portabella.”  Cinema Scope #55 (Summer 2013).  Pp. 70-71.

 “Death and Deliverance: Shoah, Lanzmann and Israel.”  Cinema Scope #52 (Fall 2012).  Pp.70-71.

“Fifty Filmmakers Under Fifty: Sergei Dvortsevoy.”  Cinema Scope #50 (Spring 2012).  P.34.

“Bazin and his Afterlife.”  Cinema Scope #47 (Summer 2011).  Pp. 66-67.




Research

Canada Comparative Literature Cultural Studies European Studies Film Ireland Minority languages Quebec