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Janet Staiger

Professor EmeritaPh.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981

William P. Hobby Centennial Professor Emeritus in Communication
Janet Staiger



Authorship theory; various modes of production including classical Hollywood, "Indie" cinema, and world cinema; cultural and political issues of representation, especially involving gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity; genre theory; the historical reception of cinema and television; and historiographical issues in writing media histories


Office: CMA 6.128
Phone: 512-471-6653
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981

Author and editor of 12 books and 63 essays, her book publications include:

Political Emotions.  co-edited with Ann Cvetkovich and Ann Reynolds (Routledge, 2010)

Convergence Media History.  co-edited with Sabine Hake (Routledge, 2008)

Media Reception Studies (New York University, 2005)

Authorship and Film co-ed. with David Gerstner (Routledge, 2003)

Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception (New York University Press, 2000)

Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era (New York University Press, 2000)

Bad Women: Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 1995)

The Studio System (ed.) (Rutgers University Press, 1995)

Interpreting Films: Studies in the Historical Reception of American Cinema (Princeton University Press, 1992)

The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960, co-author with David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (Routledge & Kegan Paul/Columbia University Press, 1985)

Political Emotions, Co-edited with Ann Cvetkovich and Ann Reynolds (Routledge 2010)

Convergence Media, History.  Co-edited with Sabine Hake (Routledge, 2008)

She has served on various national committees including the National Film Preservation Board and is past president of the Society for Cinema Studies. She also served as Director of Women’s and Gender Studies for the University of Texas at Austin, 2001-04.

As a theoretician and historian of American film and television, she has published on the Hollywood mode of production, the economic history and dynamics of the industry and its technology, poststructural and postfeminist/queer approaches to authorial studies, the historical reception of cinema and television programs, and cultural issues involving gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity.

Current work includes historiographical practices in media studies, problems in the representation of gender (masculinity and queer studies) and sexu­ality and violence (slasher and sexually explicit films), and theorization of emotions and genres as well as continuing interests in her traditional areas of research.


WGS 393 • Sexualities And Us Film

47185 • Fall 2011
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM CMA A3.108
(also listed as RTF 385K)

Survey of the history of the motion picture. Lectures and readings; screenings are required for some topics.

WGS 393 • Feminist And Queer Film Theory

48090 • Spring 2009
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CMA A3.128
(also listed as RTF 384C)

WGS 393 Feminist and Queer Film Theory

Janet Staiger

This seminar provides students with a broad survey of theories and methodologies used in critical analyses of gender and sexuality in film, focusing in particular on cinematic representation, spectatorship, and authorship. Taking a somewhat chronological approach, we will consider the development of feminist film theory since the 1970s, the rise of gay/lesbian/queer film scholarship, and the recent focus on masculinity in cinema studies.

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