Jason Sperb

Curriculum Vitae

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Blossoms & Blood: Postmodern Media Culture & The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson (University of Texas Press, 2013), forthcoming.

Disney’s Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South (University of Texas Press, 2012), forthcoming.

Co-editor, with Scott Balcerzak, Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction, Vols. 1 & 2 (Wallflower Press, 2009, 2012)

The Kubrick Façade: Faces and Voices in the Films of Stanley Kubrick (Scarecrow, 2006)

 

Current Projects:

Haunted Nerves / Nostalgia in the Time of Digital Cinema (writing)

Strangers in Our Own Land / Hawai’i, Racial Utopia, and Leisure Culture in American Media, 1935-1970 (research in progress)

Articles:

“I’ll (Always) Be Back: Virtual Performance and Post-Human Labor in the Age of Digital Cinema” in Culture, Theory & Critique 53 (Nov. 2012).

“Reassuring Convergence: Online Fandom, Race, and Disney’s Notorious Song of the South” in Cinema Journal 49.4 (Summer 2010): 25-45.

(*Honorable Mention, 2011 SCMS Kovacs Essay Award)

Islands of Detroit / Affect, Nostalgia and Whiteness” in Culture, Theory and Critique 49.2 (October 2008): 183-201.

“Empty Spaces: Remapping the Chaotic Milieu of the Modernist City in Sunrise” in Studies in the Literary Imagination 40.1 (Spring 2008): 77-89.

“Sensing an Intellectual Nemesis” in Film Criticism 32.1 (Fall 2007): 49-71.

“Removing the Experience: Simulacrum as an Autobiographical Act in American Splendor” in Biography 29.1 (Winter 2006): 123-139.

“The Magic of Words: Voice-overs and Storytelling in Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964)” in Storytelling 5.4 (Summer 2006): 261-271.

“‘Take a Frown, Turn it Upside Down’: Splash Mountain, Walt Disney World and the Cultural De-rac[e]-ination of Disney’s Song of the South (1946)” in The Journal of Popular Culture 38.5 (Aug. 2005): 924-938.

“The Country of the Mind in Kubrick’s Fear and Desire (1953)” in Film Criticism 29.1 (Fall 2004): 23-37.

Ghost without a Machine: Enid’s Anxiety of Depth(lessness) in Zwigoff’s Ghost World” in Quarterly Review of Film and Video 21.3 (Summer 2004): 209-217.

Book Chapters:

“Be Kind . . . Rewind / or, the A-Zs of an American Off-Modern Cinephilia,” in Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction, Vol. 2, eds. Scott Balcerzak and Jason Sperb (London: Wallflower, 2012): 71-107.

“Hardly the Big Picture: The Ellipsis and Narratives of Interruption in Casino Royale,” in Revisioning 007: James Bond and Casino Royale, ed. Christoph Lindner (London: Wallflower, 2010): 50-66.

“Déjà vu for something that hasn’t happened yet / Time, Repetition and a Cinephilia of Anticipation,” in Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction, Vol. 1 (London: Wallflower, 2009): 140-158.

Current Article Projects:

“Brer Rabbit with a Switchblade: Blaxploitation, the Politics of Representation and the Reception of Ralph Bakshi’s Coonskin (1975)” (in progress)

Book Reviews:

Patrick Webster’s Love and Death in Kubrick: A Critical Study of the Films from Lolita through Eyes Wide Shut (McFarland, 2011) in Film & History (2012), forthcoming.

Chuck Tryon’s Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Convergence (Rutgers, 2009) in Popular Communication 8.1 (Spring 2010): 5-7.

D.N. Rodowick’s The Virtual Life of Film (Harvard, 2007) in Film Criticism 33.1 (Fall 2008): 70-73.

Christian Keathley’s Cinephilia and History, or the Wind in the Trees (Indiana, 2006) in Scope 12 (Oct. 2008): http://www.scope.nottingham.ac.uk/bookreview.php?issue=12&id=1077.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Indiana University

Dept. of Communication & Culture. Aug. 2012 to current.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Michigan State University

Dept. of English. Aug. 2011 to May 2012.

Lecturer of Film and Media Studies, Northwestern University

Dept. of Radio/Television/Film. Sept. 2010 to July 2011.

Research Assistant to Chair, Indiana University

Dept. of Communication & Culture. Aug. 2009 to May 2010.

Associate Instructor of Media Studies, Indiana University.

Dept. of Communication & Culture. Aug. 2005 to May 2008.

DeRoy Fellow in Film and Media Studies, Wayne State University

Dept. of English. Aug. 2004 to May 2005.

Teaching Assistant, English Composition, Oklahoma State University

Dept. of English. Aug. 2001 to Dec. 2003.

EDUCATION

PhD, Film and Media Studies, Indiana University (2010)

Dept. of Communication & Culture

Dissertation: A Frown Upside Down: The Affective, Cultural and Convergence Histories of Disney’s Song of the South (1946)

Advisor: Barbara Klinger

Committee: Purnima Bose, Karen Bowdre, Joan Hawkins

PhD Minor: Literary Theory

M.A., Film and English, Oklahoma State University (2004)

B.A. (cum laude), English, Eastern Illinois University (2001)

COURSES TAUGHT

CMCL334: Disney Studies (Indiana—Fall 2012)

ENG331: Contemporary Film and Media Theory (Michigan State—Spring 2012)

ENG332: Historical Approaches to Film (Michigan State—Fall 2011, Spring 2012)

ENG430: Seminar in Film and Media Theory – “Film Theory After Film” (Michigan State—Fall 2011)

ENG230: Introduction to Film (Michigan State—Fall 2011, Spring 2012)

RTF298: Disney Studios (Northwestern—Winter, Summer 2011)

RTF313: Documentary Film: History and Criticism (Northwestern—Spring 2011)

RTF326: Digital Cinema (Northwestern—Spring 2011)

RTF322: The Nostalgia Film (Northwestern—Winter 2011)

RTF321: American “Maverick” Directors in the 1990s (Northwestern—Winter 2011)

RTF321: Paul Thomas Anderson and the Post-Indie Auteur (Northwestern—Fall 2010)

C190: Introduction to Media (IU—Fall 2007, Spring 2008)

C290: Hollywood I (IU—Fall 2006)—(grader position)

C121: Public Speaking (IU—Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007)

ENGL1213: English Composition II (OSU—Spring 2003, Summer 2003, Fall 2003)

ENGL1113: English Composition I (OSU—Fall 2002)

HONORS & AWARDS

2011 SCMS Kovacs Essay Award (Honorable Mention)—“Reassuring Convergence: Online Fandom, Race and Disney’s Notorious Song of the South” (Boston, MA: Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference)

2010 SCMS Graduate Student Travel Award

2009 CMCL Graduate Travel Grant, Indiana University (Competitive department-wide award for conference travel)

2007 Robert A. Gunderson Award, Indiana University (Top CMCL self-nominated seminar paper for calendar year 2006)

2007 College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant Award, Indiana University (Competitive college-wide award for conference travel)

2006 Virginia Gunderson Award, Indiana University (Top CMCL faculty-nominated graduate student seminar paper for calendar year 2005)

2005-2006 First-Year Doctoral Fellowship, Indiana University (Award for incoming Ph.D. Students)

2004-2005 DeRoy Fellowship, Wayne State University (Doctoral fellowship—full teaching release, tuition waiver, and stipend)

2004 E. P. Walkiewicz Contemporary Studies Scholarship, OSU (Outstanding graduate student research paper)

2004 Audre Chapman Scholarship for Teaching Excellence in Composition, OSU (Selected as outstanding composition instructor in the Department of English)

2003 E. P. Walkiewicz Contemporary Studies Scholarship, OSU (Outstanding graduate student research paper)

2003 Robberson Summer Research Fellowship, OSU (for thesis research: Stanley Kubrick & the Country of the Mind) University-wide competition for outstanding graduate research projects

2003 Harry M. Campbell Fellowship for Outstanding MA Student, OSU (Named outstanding master’s student in the Department of English)

2002 E. P. Walkiewicz Contemporary Studies Scholarship, OSU (Outstanding graduate student research paper)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Referee, Culture, Theory & Critique (evaluate journal submission, November 2011)

Guest Reviewer, Critical Studies in Media Communication (evaluate journal submission, October 2011)

Contributor, Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture (UW-Madison’s Communication Arts Blog, September 2010 to current)

Member, Editorial Board, Film Criticism (June 2010 to current)

Organizing Committee, Film Indiana Conference (Co-organizing and coordinating events for film conference, IU, Sept. 14-16, 2007)

Committee Member, “City Lights” Film Series (Assist, plan, organize and run screenings for Indiana University film series. IU. August 2005 to May 2006)

Member, Editorial Board, Xchanges (Journal of American Studies, WSU. June 2004 to May 2005)

Co-Founder, Claude Rains Appreciation Society (Student Film Society, Department of English, OSU. Jan. 2003 to Jan. 2004)

Textbook Committee, Speculations (Department of English, OSU. Aug. 2003 to Dec. 2003)

Copy Editor, Cimarron Review (National literary journal, Department of English, OSU. June 2003 to Dec. 2003)

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

Chair, “Archaeologies of the Future” Digital Cinema Panel—2012 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference (Boston, MA. March 2012)

“I’ll (Always) Be Back: Visual Effects, Virtual Performance and Post-Human Labor in the Era of Digital Cinema”—2012 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference (Boston, MA. March 2012)

Introduction, Screening—Punch Drunk Love, Doc Film Series (Chicago, IL. Feb. 2012)

Introduction, Screening—collection of Disney WWII-era short subject films, Michigan Historical Museum (Lansing, MI. Feb. 2012)

Chair and Organizer, “Brer Rabbit with a Switchblade: 35 Years with (and without) Ralph Bakshi’s Coonskin”—2010 SCMS Conference (Los Angeles, CA. March 2010)

“Our Most Requested Movie: Disney, Convergence, and the Reconstruction of Song of the South”—Invited Attendee, “Medium to Medium” Symposium (Northwestern. March-April 2009)

“Affecting Reassurance / On Utopia, Race and (Online) Disney Fandom”—2008 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference (Philadelphia, PA. March 2008)

“Presence of Pleasure: The Work of Cinephilia in Age of Digital Reproduction”—2008 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference (Philadelphia, PA. March 2008)

“Affecting Reassurance / On Utopia, Race and the online Fandom of Song of the South”—2008 Affecting Representation / Representing Affect Conference (Columbus, OH. Jan. 2008)

Moderator, Graduate Student Forum—Film Indiana Conference, “Screening Shorts” (Bloomington, IN. Sept. 2007)

Introduction, David S. Bradley Collection Screening—Film Indiana Conference, “Screening Shorts” (Bloomington, IN. Sept. 2007)

Invited Speaker, Buskirk-Chumley Theatre “Director’s Series”—Introduction to special screenings of Lolita and A Clockwork Orange (Bloomington, IN. March 2007)

Chair, Panel: “Beyond the Infinite: New Journeys in the Worlds of Stanley Kubrick”—Special Panel, with James Naremore, Robert Kolker and Susan White (2007 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2007)

“Effect-ively Kubrick: Regenerating Stanley Kubrick in a Life After Life”—2007 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference (Chicago, IL. March 2007)

Presenter, “Haunted Nerves / A Sense of Time in Postmodern Cinema after 9/11”—UF Symposium, “Reel Fear: Horror, Suspense and Anxiety in Postmodern Film” (University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. Oct. 2006)

“Sensing an Intellectual Nemesis”—CMCL Virginia Gunderson Award Colloquium Presentation (Indiana University. Bloomington, IN. Sept. 2006)

Co-Chair, “The Work of Cinephilia in the Age of CGI Reproduction” (with Scott Balcerzak)—2006 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) International Conference (Vancouver, BC. March 2006)

“Take a Frown, Turn it Upside Down: The Cultural Deracination of Song of the South”—UF’s Conference on Comics and Animation 2004—“Simultaneity and Sequentiality” (University of Florida. Oct. 2004)