From Pillow Talk to The Hurt Locker: film history lecture series announced

Posted by pt91 at Oct 19, 2011 11:20 AM |
Starting on 24 October with everything you ever wanted to know about Doris Day

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 October 2011

The Iraq War, the Cold War, 1940s horror movies and ‘girl next door’ Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff – these disparate topics all feature in a series of public lectures this autumn being organised by the University of Leicester Department of History of Art and Film.

The lecture series kicks off on Monday 24 October with Dr Tamar Jeffers MacDonald, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Kent whose lecture is entitled ‘From “the most everything girl in Hollywood” to “the forty year old virgin”: Doris Day and Hollywood stardom’. Dr MacDonald is something of an expert on the singer/actress, having published several papers on her work and with a book Doris Day Confidential: Hollywood Sex and Stardom due out next year from IB Tauris.

Subsequent lectures, every Monday through to 21 November, cover:

• 'Independence' and constraint: Elia Kazan, Hollywood and the Cold War

• Monsters, gangsters and spies: Star images, epistemological crisis and the 1940s horror cycle

• In country: Mapping the Iraq war in Iraq in Fragments (2006) and The Hurt Locker (2008)

• Hollywood re-mixed: Joseph Cornell, The Perils of Pauline and recycled film footage

Dr Guy Barefoot of the Department of History of Art and Film at the University said, “Each autumn the Department runs a public lecture series, but this is the first year in which Hollywood is the theme.

“It should be a fascinating series, including talks on different aspects of Hollywood stardom, and on how the film industry responded to the Cold War and the Iraq War. The invited speakers - Dr Tamar Jeffers MacDonald, Brian Neve, Professor Mark Jancovich and Dr Guy Westwell - are all experts in their field, and we are delighted that they have agreed to take part in the series.”

All lectures start at 5.30pm and take place in the Ken Edwards Building. Most of them are in Lecture Theatre 3 but the Doris Day talk on 24 October is in Lecture Theatre 1.

All these lectures are free and open to the public. 

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For more information please contact Dr Guy Barefoot on 0116 252 2864, gb80@le.ac.uk.

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