Sandy Flitterman-Lewis

Sandy Flitterman-Lewis holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema and is a founding co-editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. Her current work, Hidden Voices: Essays on Childhood, the Family, and Antisemitism in Occupation France, stems from a conference she organized at Columbia University about material culture and daily life during World War II.

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