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Faculty

Jason Middleton

Jason Middleton

  • Associate Professor, English
  • Director for Program in Film and Media Studies

PhD, The Literature Program, Duke University

511 Morey Hall
(585) 275-9372
jason.middleton@rochester.edu

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Curriculum Vitae


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 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., RockOver 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.

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

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