Publications

Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock

February 4, 2020 Chicago Review Press

The first biography of Joan Harrison, one of the most influential women of Hollywood’s golden era, the woman who, working behind the scenes, shaped the screen style of Alfred Hitchcock, master of suspense.

Susan Seidelman’s Contemporary Films: The Feminist Art of Self-reinvention in a Changing Technological Landscape

May 1, 2017 Edinburgh Scholarship Online

[Article] This chapter spotlights Susan Seidelman, who came of age during the second-wave feminist movement and found success and acclaim in the 1980s indie wave but, like other female filmmakers of her generation (Julie Dash and Allison Anders), struggled subsequently when their follow-up projects failed through poor distribution or never reached production.

A Modern Marriage for the Masses: Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, and the Cultural Front

January 1, 2016

Quarterly Review of Film and Video [Article] The iconic romance and marriage between Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, which has received scant scholarly attention, registered a symbolic cultural shift in the New Deal era. Their star images articulated both the utopian impulses and ideological concerns of the “marriage debates” and was heavily influenced by the…

Good Grief: The Cultural Work of Flight Plan and the Vanishing Lady Tale

January 1, 2015 Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Culture, Trauma, and Conflict: Cultural Studies Perspectives on War, Second Edition [Chapter] A look at the way that Flightplan revisits the cultural-emotional trauma of 9/11 by drawing on the source texts of the Vanishing Lady tale. This is a consideration of how Flightplan remakes The Lady Vanishes and Bunny Lake is Missing by through the…

“What did Alma Think?”: Continuity, Writing, Editing, and Adaptation with Josephine Botting

March 14, 2014 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

[Chapter] In Hitchcock & Adaptation: On the Page and Screen, Mark Osteen has curated a number of essays that open up this crucial piece of Hitchcock’s directorial methodology and detail his creative approach that inspired his film masterpieces. . . To put it simply, Osteen’s collection of essays is incredibly valuable to film and literary…

The Feminist Poetics of Sofia Coppola: Spectacle and Self-consciousnesses in Marie Antoinette

September 20, 2011 Edinburgh Scholarship Online

Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema examines the way that contemporary film reflects today’s changing gender roles. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the central issues in feminist film criticism with analyses of over twenty popular contemporary films across a range of genres, such as chick flicks, teen pics, hommecoms,…

Magnolia

May 3, 2011 Wiley

There are certain films and shows that resonate with audiences everywhere―they generate discussion and debate about everything from gender, class, citizenship and race to consumerism and social identity. This new “teachable canon” of film and television introduces students to alternative classics that range from silent film to CSI. What other film can claim that it…

The Strange Days of Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron

January 15, 2003 Wallflower Press

The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor [Chapter] Kathryn Bigelow has undoubtedly been one of Hollywood’s most significant female players, well known in popular terms for films such as Point Break and Blue Steel, yet relatively unexplored in academia. Soundbites about women and guns and speculation about the role of ex-husband James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic)…

Feminist Hollywood: From Born in Flames to Point Break

February 11, 2000 Wayne State University Press

Feminist Hollywood examines the differences between commercial cinema and counter cinema by focusing on the work of contemporary women directors who have entered Hollywood from the realm of independent filmmaking.