People

PhD Supervision Interests

American Film (especially in the history and theory of Hollywood cinema)

African American Culture and History (especially the relationship between popular culture and race)

Censorship and Mass Media

European Exiles and Hollywood

American Popular Culture/ Theories of Popular Culture

Current Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • convene and deliver all lecture/seminars for a course on classical Hollywood cinema: The Cultural History of American Film
  • convene independent research project (dissertation) for final year Film students
  • team teach on course on New Hollywood: Apocalypse Then: New Hollywood Cinema
  • team teach onFilm programme's Part I: Introduction to Film Studies
  • team teach on core second-year Contemporary Arts module: Critical Reflections
  • team teach on core first-year Contemporary Arts module: Modernism in the Arts

Postgraduate:

MRes supervision in Film

PhD supervision in Film/ Popular Culture

Profile

Career details
  • PhD in American Studies, University of Minnesota (1995)
  • Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and American Studies, LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts), Lancaster University, UK (employee of Lancaster University since 1995)
  • Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University (2010-2013)
  • Member RAE2008 Main Panel L: Sub-Panel 47--American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies (2005-2008)

Research Interests

His research interests are:

  • The cultural history of American cinema
  • African-American popular culture
  • Race, ethnicity and criminal identity politics in America
  • Theories of popular culture.

Most recent conference papers/ public lectures:

"'Kosher Nostra': Screening the Memory of the Jewish-American Gangster in The Godfather Part II (1974)" in the FilmTalk publiclecture series 2013: "The Jewish Villain" organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London and the Wiener Library. Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, Russell Square, London, 6 June 2013 http://www.leobaeck.co.uk/archives/3296

"Writing 'on the Rilla' with Ice-T: from Autobiography to Avatar in Kings of Vice", 58th British Association of American Studies (BAAS) Annual Conference, University of Exeter, 20 April 2013

Current research project:

Currently completing research for a biography of the African American writer, actor, and political activist, Julian Mayfield (1928-1984)--provisional title: "Which Way Does the Blood Red River Run: Julian Mayfield and the Politics of Oblivion". This project has been supported by a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. Details of this project can be found on my Harvard University webpage: http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/jonathan-munby

The project potentially involves editing a companion anthology of Julian Mayfield's writing--his critical journalism, academic essays and his out-of-print and unpublished fiction and plays.

2014

Writing 'on the Rilla' with Ice-T: from autobiography to avatar in 'Kings of Vice'

Munby, J. 2014 Rapper, writer, pop-cultural player: Ice-T and politics of black cultural production. Metcalf, J. & Turner, W. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 157-175 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2013

The work of art in the age of hip hop reproduction: Ice T and the cultural capital of keeping it real again in Kings of Vice (2011) and Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

Munby, J. 1/10/2013 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 17, 4, p. 382-397 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Under a bad sign: criminal self-representation in African-American popular culture

Munby, J. 2011 Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Baad Cinema: The Gangster Connection in African American Film

Munby, J. 2011 Public Enemies: Film Between Identity Formation and Control. Pauleit, W., Rüffert, C. & Schmid, K-H. (eds.). Berlin: Bertz-Fischer, p. 39-53 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Baad Cinema: Die Gangster-Connection im afroamerikanischen Film

Munby, J. 2011 Public Enemies: Film zwischen Identitätsbildung und Kontrolle. Pauleit, W., Rüffert, C. & Schmid, K-H. (eds.). Berlin: Bertz-Fischer, p. 37-50 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2010

Gangs and Mobs: Towards a History of Gangster Fiction

Munby, J. 2010 A Companion to Crime Fiction. Rzepka, C. & Horsley, L. (eds.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 210-221 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2007

Signifyin' Cinema: Rudy Ray Moore and the Quality of Badness.

Munby, L. J. 12/2007 In: Journal for Cultural Research. 11, 3, p. 203-219 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

From Gangsta to Gangster'the Hood Film's Criminal Allegiance with Hollywood.

Munby, L. J. 2007 The New Film History: Approaches, Methods, Sources. Palgrave Macmillan, 166 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

The Underworld Films of Oscar Mischeaux and Ralph Cooper: Toward a Genealogy of the Black Screen Gangster.

Munby, L. J. 2005 Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film. Rutgers University Press, 263 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

The 'No' to the Great American 'Yes': Hollywood's Criminal Representation of Organised Crime, 1929-1951.

Munby, L. J. 2003 Crime & Hollywood Inc.,1929-1951: Le Crime Organis' ' la Ville et ' l''cran (1929-1951). Rouen: Publications de l'Universit' de Rouen, 79 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

How it feels

SHaH, Bennett, B., Botting, F., Palladino, P., Tyler, I. & Wilson, S. 2002 Crash cultures: modernity, mediation and the material. Arthurs, J. & Grant, I. (eds.). Bristol: Intellect Books, p. 23-35 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Public enemies, public heroes: screening the gangster from 'Little Caesar' to 'Touch of Evil'.

Munby, L. J. 1999 Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 263 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Heimat Hollywood: Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Edgar Ulmer and the criminal cinema of the Austrian-Jewish diaspora.

Munby, L. J. 1999 From world war to Waldheim: culture and politics in Austria and the United States. Good, D. F. & Wodak, R. (eds.). New York: Berghahn Books, Vol. Austri, p. 138-162 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK