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Dr. Marsha Gordon

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Associate Professor

Biography

Since joining the film studies faculty in 2002, Marsha Gordon has taught courses on the Educational Film, American War Film, Women & Film, 1950s American Film, Studio Era Hollywood, Warner Bros. in the Golden Age, The Musical, History of Film to 1940, African American Film, International Crime Film, Introduction to Film, and Film & Literature. Her research interests include stardom and movie fan culture through the studio era; the birth and decline of the Hollywood studio system; Sam Fuller, Ida Lupino, and other independent filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s; orphan films, especially of the educational variety; and the intersections between film and other art forms, such as literature.

She was the co-editor of The Moving Image (University of Minnesota Press) from 2009-2013, and is the co-founder of Home Movie Day Raleigh.

Publications

Books
Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age.  Wesleyan University Press (2008). 

Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the U.S.. Co-edited with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron.  Oxford University Press, January 2012.

 

In Progress: Organized Insanity: Sam Fuller’s Hot/Cold War Films.  Currently researching/writing. 

 
Articles in Academic Journals/Books
Published:
“Multi-Purposing Early Cinema: A Psychological Experiment Involving Van Bibber’s Experiment (Thomas Edison, 1911).” Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks and Publics of Early Cinema, edited by Marta Braun, Charlie Keil, Rob King, Paul Moore, and Louis Pelletier. UK: John Libbey Press, 2012. 153-160.

“GI’s Documenting Genocide: Amateur Films of WWII Concentration Camps.” Film and Genocide, edited by Tomas Crowder and Kristi Wilson. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. 170-186.

“A History of Learning with the Lights Off.” Co-written with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron. Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States. Co-edited with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron. Oxford University Press, 2012. 15-66.

“‘A Decent and Orderly Society’: Race Relations in Riot-Era Educational Films, 1966-1970.” Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States. Co-edited with Dan Streible and Devin Orgeron. Oxford University Press, 2012. 424-441.

“‘You are Invited to Participate’: Interactive Fandom in the Age of the Movie Magazine.” Journal of Film and Video. Volume 61, No. 3 (Fall 2009): 3-23.

 

“The History of Media Celebrity.”  Ed. Robert Kolker.  The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies.  New York: Oxford University Press, August 2008.  187-223.

 

“Megatronic Memories: Errol Morris and the Aesthetics of Observation.”  Co-written with Devin Orgeron.  The Image and the Witness. Eds. Frances Guerin and Roger Hallas.  London: Wallflower Press, 2007.  238-252.     

 

“Familial Pursuits, Editorial Acts: Documentaries After the Age of Home Video.” Co-written with Devin Orgeron.  The Velvet Light Trap.  Issue #60 (fall 2007): 47-62.

 

“‘The Most Profound Shock’: Traces of The Holocaust in Sam Fuller’s Verboten! and The Big Red One.” The Historical Journal of Radio Film and Television.  27.4 (October 2007): 471-496.

 

“‘Something Different In Science Films’: The Moody Institute of Science and the Canned             Missionary Movement.” Co-written with Skip Elsheimer.  The Moving Image. 7.1 (spring 2007): 1-26. 

 

“Liberating Images?: Sam Fuller’s Film of Falkenau Concentration Camp.”  Film Quarterly. 60.2           (winter 2006): 38-47. 

 

“Making It in Hollywood: Clara Bow, Fandom, and Consumer Culture.” Cinema Journal.  42.4           (Summer 2003): 76-97.

 

“Rethinking Authorship: Jack London and the Motion Picture Industry.” American Literature. 75.1 (March 2003): 91-117.

 

"Eating Their Words: Consuming Class a la Keaton and Chaplin." With Devin Orgeron. Special issue of College Literature (January 2001): 84-104.

 

“‘What Makes a Girl Who Looks Like That Get Mixed Up In Science?’: Gender in Sam Fuller’s Films of the 1950s.” Quarterly Review of Film & Video. 17.1 (2000): 1-17.

 

"Onward Kitchen Soldiers: Mobilizing the Domestic During WWI."  The Canadian Review of American Studies.  29.2 (1999): 61-87. 

 

"Cinematic Violations in Peter Greenaway's The Baby of Mâcon." Enculturation. Spring 1998. 2.1.  http://enculturation.gmu.edu/2_1/toc.html

Responsibilities

Education

  • Ph.D. in English/Film Studies from University of Maryland, 2001