Matt Becker is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His dissertation examines the relationship between modern gothic popular culture and youth politics since the late 1960s.
Jerome Christensen is professor of English at the University of California at Irvine, where he also serves as chair of the department. Before arriving at UC Irvine in the fall of 2004 Christensen taught at Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, SUNY Stony Brook, and Purdue. He received his PhD in British romantic literature from Cornell University in 1975. He is the author of four books in his field of romanticism and has recently published articles in film studies on the studio authorship of Hollywood motion pictures. He is currently finishing a book entitled America’s Corporate Art: The Studio Authorship of Hollywood Motion Pictures.
Kristen Grant is a graduate student in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently studying representations of African American motherhood in contemporary film and television.
David Gurney is an MA student in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the history of critical discourse on popular music, television, and film as well as the evolution of various subgenres and forms across these mediums.
Joe Kember is a lecturer in film studies at the University of Exeter. He has written widely on aspects of nineteenth-century popular visual culture and early British cinema history and is currently completing his new book on this subject.
James Murray graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in English literature and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in media studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His interests include film history, critical film theory, and video game studies.
Anna Notaro is currently an independent scholar. Until January 2005 she was assistant professor of television and digital media at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Her publications include numerous articles in the field of urban/visual culture and the electronic book City Sites: Chicago and New York, 1870s to 1930s, University of Birmingham Press, 2000, available at http://artsweb.bham.ac.uk/citysites/. She is researching a book provisionally entitled Introduction to the Blogosphere. Areas of current interest include new media, film studies (cinema and new technologies), digital culture, net art.
Elliot Panek is a master’s degree candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies narrative comprehension of visual media.
Brooke Rollins is a PhD candidate in rhetoric at the University of South Carolina. Her current research project rereads the classical Greek concept of ethos through Continental philosophy.
Mónica F. Torres is an assistant professor in English at New Mexico State University. Her research and teaching focus on cultural constructions of identity, the rhetorics of film and popular culture, and “borderlands” epistemologies and pedagogies. She is particularly interested in those cultural institutions that actively construct our understandings of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender identity in the United States.
Yannis Tzioumakis has been teaching film studies at Liverpool John Moores University since 2001. His doctoral thesis was on the cinema of David Mamet. He is the author of “Major Status—Independent Spirit: The History of Orion Pictures, 1978–1992,” published in the New Review of Film and Television Studies, and he is currently completing a book for Edinburgh University Press entitled American Independent Cinema: An Introduction. [End Page ii]