About MP

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Murray Pomerance is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. He is the author of The Horse Who Drank the Sky: Film Experience Beyond Narrative and Theory (Rutgers 2008), Johnny Depp Starts Here (Rugters 2005), An Eye for Hitchcock (Rutgers 2004), and Ludwig Bemelmans: A Bibliography (Heineman, 1993). He has edited A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home (Wallflower, 2008), City That Never Sleeps: New York and the Filmic Imagination (Rutgers 2007), Cinema and Modernity (Rutgers 2006), American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations (Rutgers 2005), BAD: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (State University of New York Press 2004), Enfant Terrible! Jerry Lewis in American Film (New York University Press 2002), and Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Gender in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century (State University of New York Press 2001); and has co-edited numerous volumes including From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings (Rodopi 2006), Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth (Wayne State 2005), Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood (Wayne State 2002), and several editions of Popping Culture (most recently Pearson Education 2008).

He has published essays on performance in Rebel Without a Cause, Todd Haynes’s Safe, Dino De Laurentiis’s King Kong, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Gus Van Sant’s Psycho and Elephant, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, and many of the films of Hitchcock, as well as other topics.

Pomerance is also an author of fiction, notably Savage Time (Oberon 2005), Magia d’Amore (Sun and Moon 1999), and The Complete Partitas (Les Trois O, 1992-1995). His work has appeared in New Directions, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Boston Review, Chelsea, Confrontation, and Descant. He is a 1992 O. Henry prize winner.

He is editor of the “Techniques of the Moving Image” series at Rutgers University Press and the “Horizons of Cinema” series at State University of New York Press and, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, co-editor of both the “Screen Decades” and “Star Decades” series at Rutgers University Press. He is on the editorial board of Rodopi’s Contemporary Cinema series, the THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies, and In Short.


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