Christopher Donovan

Lecturer in Cinema Studies


House Dean at Gregory College House since 1999, Dr. Donovan splits time between the house office in 127 Van Pelt and his apartment in Class of 1925 (which he shares with his two cats, Dulcinea and Phoebe, and many DVDs). A native Philadelphian, he received a BA in English from Penn in 1992 and a PhD in Contemporary American Lit from NYU in 1998. He frequently teaches courses in Film and the Novel, often within the House. His book Postmodern Counternarratives: Irony and Audience in the Novels of Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Charles Johnson and Tim O'Brien was published by Routledge in 2004. In addition to his academic expertise, Chris is a veteran of many years in Penn's housing system, and he also worked for a couple of years at Vogue magazine in Manhattan, though he displays no residual trace of fashion sense. Chris is always willing to chat (argue) about films, whether the foreign classics and indie gems shown by MLP and FCP or the most recent CGI-filled summer blockbusters.

Research Interests

Contemporary American Film and American Film Criticism