Much of my research and teaching engages with film and theater history in the context of its surrounding visual culture. My film specialties include Scandinavian cinema history, certain Scandinavian directors (Sjöstrom, Stiller, Dreyer, Bergman, von Trier). I have published books on the contributions of Scandinavian museology to the paracinematic visual culture around the birth of cinema, and on Ibsen and the uncanny. I regularly teach courses on Film Historiography, Pre-cinema/Para-Cinema, Silent Film Comedy, topics in Scandinavian Film, Serial Television, The Plays of Ibsen, and graduate seminars in Scandinavian literature. Current projects include a book-length study of recent American period serial television and a project on location shooting and place substitution in the silent film era.
Research Expertise and Interest
silent film, late nineteenth-century visual culture, theater history, comedy, Scandinavian design, serial television, film historiography, Scandinavian film history, Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian literature, Nordic literary history