Kristen Whissel

Kristen Whissel

Title
Professor
Department
Dept of Film and Media
Phone
(510) 642-6485
Research Expertise and Interest
Cinema and technological change, cinema and modernity, computer-generated images and contemporary cinema, digital visual effects, stereoscopic 3D cinema and media, the history and theory of special effects, cinema in transition, American film history, modernity and early cinema.
Research Description

Kristen Whissel received her Ph.D from Brown University. Her research focuses on computer-generated images and contemporary cinema, digital cinema/video, the theory and history of special effects, new media, American modernity in early cinema, American film history, American film genres, war and cinema. Her books include Picturing American Modernity: Traffic, Technology, and the Silent Cinema (Duke UP, 2007) and  Spectacular Visual Effect: CGI and Contemporary Cinema (Duke UP, 2012). She is currently writing a book on stereoscopic 3D cinema titled, "Parallax Effects: the Sublime, the Uncanny and Stereoscopic 3D Cinema." She has published articles in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, Journal of Visual Culture, and Screen.

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