Dr Jonathan MunbySenior Lecturer
- 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
MRes supervision in Film
PhD supervision in Film/ Popular Culture
- 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)
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.
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
Hollywood and the Black Stickup: Race and the Meaning of the heist on the Big White Screen
Munby, L.J. 2017 In: The Best Laid Plans. Detroit, Michigan : Wayne State University Press p. 121-138. 18 p.
African American literature: recasting region through race
Munby, L.J. 02/2016 In: A history of Western American literature. New York : Cambridge University Press p. 314-330. 17 p.
Art in the age of 'New Jim Crow': delimiting the scope of racial justice and black film production since Rodney King
Munby, L.J. 2015 In: African American culture and society after Rodney King. Farnham : Ashgate p. 283-301. 19 p.
Writing 'on the Rilla' with Ice-T: from autobiography to avatar in 'Kings of Vice'
Munby, J. 2014 In: Rapper, writer, pop-cultural player. Farnham : Ashgate p. 157-175. 19 p.
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.
Baad Cinema: Die Gangster-Connection im afroamerikanischen Film
Munby, J. 2011 In: Public Enemies. Berlin : Bertz-Fischer p. 37-50. 14 p.
Baad Cinema: The Gangster Connection in African American Film
Munby, J. 2011 In: Public Enemies. Berlin : Bertz-Fischer p. 39-53. 14 p.
Under a bad sign: criminal self-representation in African-American popular culture
Munby, J. 2011 Chicago and London : University of Chicago Press. 224 p. ISBN: 9780226550350. Electronic ISBN: 9780226550374.
Gangs and Mobs: Towards a History of Gangster Fiction
Munby, J. 2010 In: A Companion to Crime Fiction. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell p. 210-221. 12 p.
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.
From Gangsta to Gangster'the Hood Film's Criminal Allegiance with Hollywood.
Munby, L.J. 2007 In: The New Film History: Approaches, Methods, Sources. Palgrave Macmillan 166 p. ISBN: 0230001696.
The Underworld Films of Oscar Mischeaux and Ralph Cooper: Toward a Genealogy of the Black Screen Gangster.
Munby, L.J. 2005 In: Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film. Rutgers University Press 263 p. ISBN: 0813535573.
The 'No' to the Great American 'Yes': Hollywood's Criminal Representation of Organised Crime, 1929-1951.
Munby, L.J. 2003 In: Crime & Hollywood Inc.,1929-1951: Le Crime Organis' ' la Ville et ' l''cran (1929-1951). Rouen : Publications de l'Universit' de Rouen 79 p. ISBN: 2877753492.
How it feels
SHaH, Bennett, B., Botting, F., Palladino, P., Tyler, I., Wilson, S. 2002 In: Crash cultures : modernity, mediation and the material. Bristol : Intellect Books p. 23-35. 13 p. ISBN: 9781841500713.
Heimat Hollywood: Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Edgar Ulmer and the criminal cinema of the Austrian-Jewish diaspora.
Munby, L.J. 1999 In: From world war to Waldheim: culture and politics in Austria and the United States. New York : Berghahn Books p. 138-162. 25 p. ISBN: 1571811036.
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. ISBN: 0226550311.