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Dr. Maria Pramaggiore

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Professor and Associate Head of English; Director of Undergraduate Studies


A graduate of Williams College (B.A.) and Emory University (Ph.D), Maria Pramaggiore is a Professor of Film Studies in the Department of English at North Carolina State University, where she has been recognized as both an Outstanding Teacher (2006) and an Outstanding Junior Faculty Member (1999) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Her teaching areas include Film Theory, Screenwriting, Film History, Experimental Film, and the Horror Film, and she offers graduate seminars in Feminist Film Theory, Irish National Cinema, American Auteurs (Altman and Kubrick), and New Queer Cinema.

Dr. Pramaggiore is the author of two books on Irish cinema, Identifying Others/Performing Identities: Irish and African American Cinema Since 1980 (SUNY Press, 2007) and Neil Jordan (University of Illinois Press, 2008) as well as the co-author of Film: A Critical Introduction with Tom Wallis (Laurence King Publishing, UK and Pearson, US; 2011) and the co-editor of RePresenting Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire (NYU, 1996). She has authored numerous essays on subjects ranging from Irish cinema to Jane Fonda's star persona to the role of National Public Radio (NPR) in memorializing Hurricane Katrina to the gendered, class and racial dynamics of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She is currently working on a book on Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975) as well as articles on children in Spanish Horror and horses in irish literature and culture.

Dr. Pramaggiore was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland in 2007.  She taught Irish Film and Literature in Ireland in the summer of 2008, Screenwriting at the Prague Institute in the summer of 2011, and she will teach the International Horror Film in Prague in the summer of 2012.

Dr. Pramaggiore is currently Associate Head of the English Department. She served as the Director of Film Studies from 2003 to 2006 and in Spring 2011.  She established the M.A. Film Concentration in the English Department at NC State and she has created a number of courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, including Film Theory, African-American Cinema, and Writing About Film.

Dr. Pramaggiore's work on experimental filmmaker Chick Strand has been recognized by the National Film Preservation Foundation in the Treasures of the American Avant Garde DVD series, and she was invited to introduce Nitrate Kisses at the Barbara Hammer Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in September 2010.

She has been a member of the selection commitee for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for over a decade.

Dr. Pramaggiore is a devoted yoga practitioner and a yoga teacher.


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Selection Committee Member, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival




Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon: Time, Transnational Cinema, and History’s Image. Under contract with Bloomsbury; expected publication July 2013.

Film: A Critical Introduction, 3rd edition. Laurence King Publishing (UK) and Allyn  and Bacon (US), 2011. Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis. 

 Neil Jordan. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

 Irish and African American Cinema: Identifying Others and Performing Identities, 1980-2000.  Albany NY: State University of New York Press, 2007. 

Representing Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire.  New York: New York University Press, 1996. Ed. Donald E. Hall and Maria Pramaggiore.

Recent Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“History as Palimpsest: Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.” Blackwell Companion to Historical Film, ed.Robert Rosenstone &Constantin Parvulescu. London: Blackwell. In press.

“Keeping up with the Aspirations: Second Generation Celebrity and the Kardashian Family Brand”with Diane Negra.  In Reality Gendervision, ed. Brenda Weber. Durham: Duke UP. Final revisions.

“Queer Theory.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard.  New York: Oxford University Press. In press.

“Kids, Rock, and Couples: the Elusive/Illusive Screen Bisexual.” Journal of Bisexuality, 11.4 (2011):587-593.

 “Neil Jordan.” In Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers, 2nd ed. Edited by Yvonne Tasker. Routledge, 2010. 216-24.

“Expanded Media: NPR and the Katrina Anniversary.” In Post-Katrina Film and Media. Edited byDiane Negra. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 67-88.

“The Global Repositioning of the City Symphony: Sound, Space, and Trauma in 11’09”01—September 11.” Jump Cut 52 (Summer 2010).

“Jane Fonda: from Graylist to A-list.” In Hollywood Reborn: Stardom in the 1970s. Edited by James Morrison. Rutgers UP, 2010. 16-38.


"History's Image in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon." Triangle Film Salon, UNC-CH, October 11, 2012.

Crossing Over Genre, Ethnicity, and the Boundaries of Good Taste: Ryan anthe O’Neals,” SCMS Conference, Boston, MA, March 21-26, 2012.

“Measuring the ‘70s: Barry Lyndon and the Long Take,” SCMS Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 13, 2011.

"Keeping Up with the Aspirations: Commercial Family Values, Celebrity Aristocracy, and the Kardashian Family Brand."  Manifest Identity Conference, NCSU Association of English Graduate Students (AEGS), Raleigh, NC  February 26, 2011.

’You’re Gonna Miss Me (Perform): Amateur Filmmaking as Personal and Collective History.” Saving Private Reels Conference, University College Cork, Ireland, September 16-29, 2010.

“Remembering Chick Strand.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Los Angeles, CA, March 19, 2010.           

 “Global Repositioning and the City Symphony: Space, Sound and Trauma in 11’9”01.” Visible Evidence Conference, University of Southern California, August 14, 2009.

“Rereading Irish Visuality in Barry Lyndon,” Association of Art Historians Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2-4, 2009.

“Expanded Medium: NPR and Memorializing Katrina,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Philadelphia, PA, March 2008.



  • BA in Political Economy from Williams College, 1982
  • MSc in Development Economics from Lancaster University, UK, 1983
  • PhD in Film Studies and Women's Studies from Emory University, 1993