Steering Committee

Jason Middleton

Middleton, Jason

PhD,  The Literature Program, Duke University
Associate Professor, English
Director, Program in Film and Media Studies
511 Morey Hall
Box 270451
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

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Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests
  • film theory
  • critical theory
  • documentary and experimental film/media
  • affect and embodiment
  • horror
Current Projects
  • Book MS in Progress: “Documentary's Body: Instructional Aesthetics and Transmodal Affects"
  • Articles on Amy Schumer, abjection, and post-feminism; The Babadook and contemporary politics of motherhood 
Selected Publications
Books
  • Documentary’s Awkward Turn: Cringe Comedy and Media Spectatorship (New York and London: Routledge, 2013)
  • Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones, ed. Roger Beebe and Jason Middleton (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007)
Essays in Journals
  • “Documentary Horror: The Transmodal Power of Indexical Violence,” Journal of Visual Culture 14.3 (December 2015), special issue, “The Design and Componentry of Horror,” ed. Eugenie Brinkema and Caetlin Benson-Allott.
  • “Spectacles of Atrocity: Mondo Video in the ‘War on Terror,’” Afterimage 39.1&2 (August 2011)
  • “The Subject of Torture: Regarding the Pain of Americans in Hostel,” Cinema Journal 49.4 (Summer 2010)
  • "Documentary Comedy," Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy 104 (August 2002), special issue: Visible Evidence: New Documentary Forms, Jane Roscoe and Derek Paget, issue editors
  • "The Racial Politics of Hybridity and Neo-Eclecticism in Contemporary Popular Music" (with Roger Beebe), Popular Music 21:2 (May 2002)
  • "Youth, Leisure and Voyeurism in MTV’s Undressed," The Velvet Light Trap 48 (Fall 2001)
  • "Preface: Film Studies and Postmodern Theory" (with Alexander Galloway), Polygraph 13 (Spring 2001)
  • "Preface: Margins of Global Culture," Polygraph 11 (Spring 1999)
Essays in Edited Volumes
  • “Something to Hide: The Ethics of Spectatorship in Saw,” in Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship, ed. Mattias Frey and Jinhee Choi (New York and London: Routledge, 2013)
  • "The Audio-Vision of Found Footage Film and Video," in Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones, ed. Roger Beebe and Jason Middleton (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007)
  • “Introduction,” (with Roger Beebe), in Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones, ed. Roger Beebe and Jason Middleton (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007)
  • "DC Punk and the Production of Authenticity," in Roger Beebe, Denise Fulbrook, and Ben Saunders, eds., Rock Over the Edge: Transformations in Popular Music Culture (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)
Films
  • Screenings include Antimatter Media Art, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, Strange Beauty Film Festival, Humboldt International Film Festival.
Graduate Courses Taught
  • ENG 555  (Post) Cinematic Affect and Emotion
  • ENG 555  Modern Film Theory
  • ENG 555  Theorizing Documentary
Undergraduate Courses Taught
  • ENG 117  Introduction to the Art of Film
  • ENG 161  Introductory Video and Sound
  • ENG 265  Documentary Film and Media: Theory and Practice
  • ENG 380  Gender and Sexuality in American Cinema
  • ENG 380  The Horror Film
Selected Awards/Grants
  • G. Graydon Curtis and Jane W. Curtis Teaching Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching, University of Rochester, 2009
  • James B. Duke Fellowship, Duke University, 1995-1999
Affiliations
  • Co-founder, Central New York Experimental Film Series (2012-present)
  • Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (1999-present)
  • Dissertation Award Committee, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2008-2009)
  • Screening Committee, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2007-2008)
  • Member, University Film and Video Association (2003-2005)
  • Technical staff, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC, 2001-2006