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Jeffrey Middents

Associate Professor
Department of Literature

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    Undergraduate Studies Advisor for the Literature Major
  • Professor Middents studies and teaches film and world literature, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the 1980s, and serves as the advisor to the Cinema Studies minor. His film-oriented courses cover a wide range of concepts, including national cinemas, genre, the auteur, stardom, film criticism, and short film. His book, Writing National Cinema: Film Journals and Film Culture in Peru (UPNE, 2009) investigates the historical place of cultural writing within a national discourse by tracing how Peruvian cinema was shaped by local film criticism. Professor Middents has also published essays on a variety of other topics, including documentary aesthetics in the work of Chilean filmmaker Particio Guzman, Peruvian director Luis Llosa’s films made under producer Roger Corman, the theoretical perspective espoused by Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, and the racial complexities of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
    MA, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
    BA, English and Psychology, Dartmouth College
  • Languages Spoken:

    English, Spanish
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

       
  • Latin American Cinema
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  • Transnational Cinema
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  • Short Films
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  • Auteur and star studies
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  • Metafiction/Metafilm
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  • 20th Century Latin American fiction

Work In Progress

       
  • Edited volume (with Tamara Falicov) of Jounral of Hispanic Cinemas of translations of contemporary critical work on Latin American cinemas.
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  • Monograph on director Alfonso Cuarón
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  • Monograph on short films as cinematic form vs. genre
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  • "Exotic, Political and Buried Alive: Cahiers du cinéma and Latin American Cinema in 1974"
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  • "vengAncha: How Mexican Filmmakers Accent the Margins of Dominant Cinema." Video essay completed in conjunction with Pamela Fernández, ACL(x) 2011.

Selected Publications

Books

Chapters in Collected Editions

Journal Articles

Other Writing

       
  • Various rticles and reviews for Worldview, Vértigo (elcine, Lima Film Festival),and Tribeca Film Festival

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Area of Expertise: Cinema, Latin American cinema, film journals, film genres, auteurs/directors, short films

Additional Information: Jeffrey Middents studies and teaches film and world literature, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the 1980s, and serves as the advisor to the cinema studies minor. His film-oriented courses cover a wide range of concepts, including national cinemas, genre, the auteur, stardom, film criticism, and short film. His book, Writing National Cinema: Film Journals and Film Culture in Peru (UPNE, 2009), investigates the historical place of cultural writing within a national discourse by tracing how Peruvian cinema was shaped by local film criticism. Middents has also published essays on a variety of other topics, including documentary aesthetics in the work of Chilean filmmaker Particio Guzmán, Peruvian director Luis Llosa’s films made under producer Roger Corman, the theoretical perspective espoused by Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, and the racial complexities of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His current project examines transnational cinema and the work of Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.
 

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