- PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan MA, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan BA, English and Psychology, Dartmouth College
- Languages Spoken
- English, Spanish
- Professor Middents studies and teaches film and world literature, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the present. 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. He is currently researching transnational auteurism and the director Alfonso Cuarón.
Telluride Film Festival
Ringmaster, Masons Theater
- Writing National Cinema: Film Journals and Film Culture in Peru. Lebanon, NH: UPNE/Dartmouth College Press, 2009. Part of the series Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture.
Chapters in Collected Editions
- "A Sweet Vamp: Critiquing the Treatment of Race in Buffy and the American Musical Once More (with Feeling)." In Buffy, Ballads and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon. Kendra Leonard, ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010.
- "Roger Corman Dis/Covers Peru: National Cinema and Luis Llosa's Hour of the Assassin/Misión en los Andes." In Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas and Latin America. Victoria Ruetalo and Dolores Tierney, eds. London: Routledge, 2009. 55-69.
- "Another Limeño Fantasy: Peruvian National Cinema and the Critical Reception of the Films of Francisco Lombardi and Federico García." In Representing the Rural: Space, Place and Identity in Films About the Land. Catherine Fowler and Gillian Helfield, eds. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2006. 307-322.
- "Me moría: Aesthetics, Documentary and the Creation of Nostalgia in Patricio Guzmán's Chile, memoria obstinada." In Democracy in Chile: The Legacy of September 11, 1973. Silvia Nagy-Zakmi and Fernando Leiva, eds. Sussex: Sussex Academic Press, 2005. 185-191.
- "Not the Same Ones You Sang When You Were Little: Children, Spain and Chapero-Jackson's Alumbramiento." Short Film Studies 1.2 (2011), 187-190.
- "A Sweet Vamp: Critiquing the Treatment of Race in Buffy and the American Musical Once More (with Feeling)," Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 5.1 (17, June 2005).
- "´This Is Not Film': Ef/facing the Screen in Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days." FEMSPEC 5.1 (2004), 95-113.
- Various rticles and reviews for Worldview, Vértigo (elcine, Lima Film Festival),and Tribeca Film Festival
- Latin American Cinema
- Transnational Cinema
- Short Films
- Auteur and star studies
- 20th Century Latin American fiction
- "In Lima, Like You: Confronting Peruvian National Cinema with Claudia Llosa's Madeinusa." Part of a panel entitled "What Remains: Contemporary Latin American Cinema," American Comparative Literature Association 2009. Cambridge, MA. March 26-29, 2009. Also proposed, organized and co-chaired panel (with Silvia Spitta).
- "Ibermediating National Cinemas." Part of a panel entitled "Programa Ibermedia and Contemporary Latin American Cinema," Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2008. Philadelphia, PA. March 8, 2008. Also proposed, organized and chaired panel.
- "Hablemos de cine(filia) peruana: Film Journals and National Cinema in Peru, Then and Now." Part of panel entitled "Trans/National Cinephilias," American Comparative Literature Association 2007. Puebla, Mexico. April 22, 2007.
- "It's Not Easy Being Brown: Rita, Lena and The Muppet Show." Part of a panel entitled "Race on Television." Society of Cinema and Media Studies 2007. Chicago, IL. March 9, 2007.
- "Babes in the Amazon, Ponch in the Andes: Roger Corman and Peruvian Cinema." Part of a panel entitled "Hollywood Business Practices and Latin American Cinema" at Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2006. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 4, 2006. Also proposed, organized and chaired panel.
- "Peru Vs. the New Latin American Cinema: Hablemos de cine and the Viña del Mar Film Festivals of 1967 and 1969." Part of a panel entitled "Beyond La boca del lobo: Peruvian Cinema, Past, Present and Future" at Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2005. London, England, April 3, 2005. Also proposed, organized and chaired panel.
- "Hablemos de Minnelli: A Peruvian Look at Some Came Running." Part of panel entitled "Hollywood por otros ojos: Film Spectatorship in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, Pre-Revolutionary Cuba and 1960s Peru" for ASA (American Studies Association) 2004, Atlanta, GA, November 12, 2004.
- "A Sweet Vamp: Critiquing the Treatment of Race in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the American Musical Once More (with Feeling)." The Slayage Conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Nashville, TN, May 28, 2004. Nominated for "Mr. Pointy" Award for Best Conference Paper.
- "'Me moría': Aesthetics, Documentary and the Creation of Nostalgia in Patricio Guzmán's Chile, Obstinate Memory. "Thirty Years After Chile's 9/11", SUNY-Albany, October 10, 2003.
- "Teaching Cinephilia." Society for Cinema Studies 2003, Minneapolis, MN. March 9, 2003.
- "Este país es una basura: Cultural Politics and the Adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa's La ciudad y los perros." Literature/Film Association Conference 2002. Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, November 18, 2002.
- "The Enigma of The Hire (www.bmwfilms.com)." Society for Cinema Studies 2002. Denver, CO, May 24, 2002.
Work In Progress
- Edited volume (with Tamara Falicov) of Jounral of Hispanic Cinemas of translations of contemporary critical work on Latin American cinemas.
- Monograph on director Alfonso Cuarón
- Monograph on short films as cinematic form vs. genre
- "Exotic, Political and Buried Alive: Cahiers du cinéma and Latin American Cinema in 1974"
- "vengAncha: How Mexican Filmmakers Accent the Margins of Dominant Cinema." Video essay completed in conjunction with Pamela Fernández, ACL(x) 2011.