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College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

John Smith, Ph.D.

John Smith, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Director of World Cinema

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: 256D Sirrine Hall
Phone: 864-656-1532

Ph.D. English, Boston University; M.A. Film Studies, Emory University; M.A. English, Boston University; B.A. English, Furman University

Curriculum Vitae


ENGL 4500: Film Genres; ENGL 4520: Great Directors; ENGL 4510: Film Theory and Criticism; ENGL 3670: Introduction to Film

Research Interests
Adaptation Industry, Genre, Melodrama, Reception Studies

Dr. John Smith is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of World Cinema. His teaching and research interests in the adaptation industry, melodrama, and reception studies have been shaped by his background in English, and film and media studies. He teaches classes in film genres and film theory, and has published on film adaptation, and television seriality. Current projects include an historiographical essay, “Song of the South (1946) and the Business of Nostalgia in 1986 Atlanta,” and a study of changes in movie exhibition and reception, “Cinephilia at the End of the World: Movie Houses and Rooms with a View.” Since 2020, he has advised students on the programming for the World Cinema Spring Film Series.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Sounds Like HBO: The Politics of Mold in Treme’s Opening Credits.” Journal of Popular Film and Television. 47.2 (2019): 90-100.

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