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Jon Nelson Wagner, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Cinema & Media Studies

Work Phone: 213.740.3334
Office: SCA 320

Jon Wagner received a Ph.D. in Critical Studies from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and spent two years in USC’s Masters of Professional Writing Program. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He teaches film theory, film history, political philosophy, ethics and literature, and is also Associate Director of the M.F.A. Writing Program at CalArts.

In addition to essays on film, video, and documentary, he has published poetry, translations, and studies of modern French literature, including the work of Saint-John Perse and Marguerite Duras. With Lynne Goodhart he edited, translated, and introduced the book Fugitive Suns; Selected Poetry of Andrée Chedid (Green Integer 37, 1999). Extending their collaboration begun with Television at the Movies: Cinematic and Critical Responses to American Broadcasting (Continuum, 2008), he and Tracy Biga MacLean (PhD, Critical Studies, USC) are currently researching a new book on “the authorless gaze” in cinema and television.  Dr. Wagner teaches CTCS 473.

  • Essay: “Is That All There Is?”,
  • In Manuscript. "In Stone, On the Wind: The Poetry of Presence in Yves Bonnefoy and Saint-John Perse". (Criticism and translation with Dr. Lynne Goodhart)