Gazetas, Aristides 1930-

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Gazetas, Aristides 1930-

PERSONAL:

Born July 31, 1930, in Bronx, NY; son of James (a retailer) and Jennie (a homemaker) Gazetas; married June 4, 1967; wife's name Hilary-Mary; children: Michael John, Sophie, Calliope. Ethnicity: "Greek-American." Education: City College of New York, B.A., 1953; Boston University, M.F.A., 1958; University of British Columbia, M.A., 1993, Ph.D., 1997. Politics: "Existentialist/critical theorist." Hobbies and other interests: Basketball, tennis.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

National Theatre School, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, chair of design program, 1968-72; University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, associate professor of drama and stage designer, 1972-76; Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, chair of art history program, 1976-80; University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, cinematic arts development officer, 1980-83; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, lecturer, then associate professor of theater and film, 1988-93. Member of board of directors, Alberta Motion Picture Development Corp., 1981-83; writer, host and tutor for educational courses associated with Emily Carr Institute and Open Learning Agency, 1992-98.

MEMBER:

United Scenic Artists (Local 849).

AWARDS, HONORS:

Fulbright scholar in Greece, 1964.

WRITINGS:

An Introduction to World Cinema, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2000.

Imagining Selves: The Politics of Representation, Film Narratives and Adult Education, Peter Lang (New York, NY), 2000.

SIDELIGHTS:

Aristides Gazetas once told CA that his primary motivation for writing is "to grasp the ways in which words and images can produce an awareness of the knowledge/power syndrome that occurs in any discourse within our Western culture.

"The most significant writers [who have influenced my work] are Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard and Barthes because of their interests in the materiality of language.

"[My writing process] depends upon random thoughts and metonymic moments that connect and open up associations to other concepts and discourses.

"The kindness and generosity of my teachers, especially Ted Aoki, [have inspired me to write on the subjects I have chosen]."