David Pettersen


1328-G Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


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David Pettersen works on issues related to the politics of aesthetic form, particularly the points of intersection between literature and cinema and high and vernacular forms of culture in 20th and 21st century France. He is currently writing a book about the uses of French and American vernacular culture by writers and filmmakers in Interwar France as a means of rethinking formal politics. 

He has published on Malraux and has articles on Renoir and contemporary French parkour/banlieue cinema under review. David Pettersen received his Ph.D. in French Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.


  • Americanism, Media and the Politics of Culture in 1930's France