Ethan De Seife
Assistant Professor of Radio, Television, Film
New Academic Building 415
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Degrees: PHD, 2005, Univ Wisc Madison; MA, 2000, Univ Wisc Madison; BA, 1995, Wesleyan Univ
I received my B.A. in Art and Film Studies from Wesleyan University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison. At Wesleyan, I was fortunate enough to study under Jeanine Basinger; at the University of Wisconsin, I was privileged to work with David Bordwell and Lea Jacobs , among other great teachers. While in graduate school, I also programmed Madison's excellent Cinematheque for a couple of years.
Some of my major areas of interest include American cinema, with a particular emphasis on Hollywood comedy; animation history and aesthetics; Japanese, Hong Kong, and Chinese cinemas; and detailed stylistic analysis of film form and narrative structure.
My second book, on which I am currently working, is a revision of my dissertation, Cheerful Nihilism: The Films of Frank Tashlin. (You can read a short, badly-in-need-of-revision piece that I wrote on Tashlin here, in Senses of Cinema's "Great Directors" series; and another Tashlin piece here, in the online film journal 16:9.) This book will be published under Wesleyan University Press's "Wesleyan Film" imprint.
I have a few essays floating around online; here are a couple of them: "What's Sarong with this Picture?: The Development of the Star Image of Dorothy Lamour"; "The Treachery of Images"; "Big Trouble on the Magic Mountain".
I teach and have taught an array of courses on film history, film theory, genre studies, national cinemas, individual directors, and animation.
Visit my blog: http://ethandeseife.wordpress.com/