Edward Branigan

Professor of Film and Media Studies

Edward Branigan


Professor Branigan’s areas of specialty include classical and contemporary film theory, film analysis, and film narratology. He has won a UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award and his 1992 book, Narrative Comprehension and Film, won the Katherine Singer Kovacs book prize for the most distinguished achievement of the year in Cinema Studies. He and his colleague Professor Charles Wolfe are general editors of a 19-volume book series from Routledge and the American Film Institute, and are currently working on projects involving European Film Theory, Transnational Cinemas, Contemporary Film Theory, International Animation, and New Black Cinema. Forthcoming research from Professor Branigan includes an essay, The Sixth Sense of a Spectator, which examines how a spectator makes use of judgement heuristics in the interpretation of film, and an essay on the philosophy of new media, “If-then-else: Memory and the Path Not Taken”, in a collection from the University of California Press, Interactive Frictions. Last year Professor Branigan published a book, Projecting a Camera: Language-Games in Film Theory, which he describes as a detailed, far-reaching, sly attack on a century of film theory, or rather on the language, the metaphysics, and the ways of talking, through which theorists have made their claims, chosen their metaphors, and staked their conceptions of film.

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  • 1979 Ph. D University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1974 J.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison [member of California State Bar]
  • 1971 B.A. Brown University