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John Bruns

Associate Professor

Address: 72 George Street, Room 301
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:00, Thursday 2:00-5:00
Phone: 843.953.4957
E-mail: brunsj@cofc.edu
Personal Website: http://brunsj.people.cofc.edu


In addition to teaching courses on film, John Bruns directs the Film Studies Program, for which he is the acting advisor. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  John's book, Loopholes: Reading Comically (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey, 2009), is currently out in paperback with a new introduction. The book takes classic and contemporary theories of comedy and applies them to a variety of topics in film, literature and culture. Andrew McConnell Stott (University of Buffalo, SUNY) calls it "the essential next step in the discussion and a must for humor scholars everywhere." John is currently completing a book on Alfred Hitchcock, entitled People, Places, and Things: Navigating the Hitchcock Landscape (Northwestern University Press, 2016). He is co-author of a forthcoming film history textbook (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2017). He has also begun work on a book on the films of Steven Spielberg.


Education

2002 - Ph.D., Film, Literature & Culture, University of Southern California

1996 - M.A., English, University of Southern California

1992 - B.A., Film, Television & Theater/English, University of Notre Dame


Research Interests

  • Film history, theory, criticism
  • Cultural studies
  • Literary theory
  • Comedy
  • Feminist theory

Publications

"Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success." Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Vol. 1: America. Ed. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming).

"Teaching Inception." The Cine-Files: A Scholarly Journal of Cinema Studies 9 (Winter 2015). Ed. Tracy Cox-Stanton.

"'The Proper Geography': Hitchcock's Adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 'The Birds.'" Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen. Ed. Mark Osteen Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Loopholes: Reading Comically. With a New Introduction by the Author. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey, 2013.

"Hitchcock's Newspaper: a Thing in the Crowd." Hitchcock Annual: Volume 18. Ed. Sidney Gottlieb and Richard Allen. New York: Columbia U. Press, 2013.

"The Map is Not the Country: Cartography in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men." Film Criticism. Winter 2011. 36:2.

"The Polyphonic Film." New Review of Film and Television Studies. August 2008. 6:2. 189-212