Sunday, October 25, 2015


A couple of weeks ago I finished proofing a rather in-depth article I've written for a forthcoming anthology entitled Expressionism in the Cinema edited by Olaf Brill and Gary D. Rhodes.  My article is called "Here Among the Dead:  The Phantom Carriage and the Cinema of the Occulted Taboo" (9,100 words).  The publisher, Edinburgh University Press, offers the following description of the book on their website:

One of the most visually striking traditions in cinema, for too long Expressionism has been a neglected critical category of research in film history and aesthetics. The fifteen essays in this anthology remedies this by revisiting key German films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari(1920) and Nosferatu (1922), and also provide original critical research into more obscure titles like Nerven (1919) and The Phantom Carriage (1921), films that were produced in the silent and early sound era in countries ranging from France, Sweden and Hungary, to the United States and Mexico.

An innovative and wide-ranging collection, Expressionism in Cinema re-canonizes the classical Expressionist aesthetic, extending the critical and historical discussion beyond pre-existing scholarship into comparative and interdisciplinary areas of film research that reach across national boundaries.

The book is scheduled to be published in February of 2016.  Over the past couple of weeks I've been reading the complete manuscript and it certainly seems to be shaping up into an exciting project.  The anthology includes articles by other cinema scholars such as Robert Singer, Phillip Sipiora, and Gary D. Rhodes, who has contributed a fascinating essay about a previously unknown, pre-Nosferatu adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.  If you're interested, you can pre-order Expressionism in the Cinema by clicking HERE.

Pictured below is an early version of the cover....

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