Kyle Stevens

Academic Specialty:

Film history (particularly US), film theory, television history, digital media, critical theory, and film and philosophy.

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Selected Publications:

Kyle is editor of New Review of Film and Television Studies.

Books

2015    Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism. Oxford University Press.

Edited Books

2020    The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory. Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming.)

2018    Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Volume 1: America. Co-edited with Murray Pomerance. Edinburgh University Press.

2018    Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Volume 2: International. Co-edited with Murray Pomerance. Edinburgh University Press.

Journal Articles

2020    “Stanley Cavell and The World Heard.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Guest Eds. Daniel Morgan and Jennifer Fay. (Forthcoming.) Reprinted in The Thought of Stanley Cavell and Cinema. Ed. David LaRocca. London: Bloomsbury Press. (Forthcoming.)

2020    “Romantic Comedy and the Virtues of Predictability.” New Review of Film and Television Studies, Guest ed. Maria San Filippo. (Forthcoming.)

2015    “Clay, Ink, Documentary, Set: On Teaching Casablanca.” The Cine-Files. Issue 9. http://www.thecine-files.com/teaching-casablanca/

2015    “Toward a Theory of Voice-Over through Brief Encounter.” World Picture Journal. http://www.worldpicturejournal.com/WP_10/Stevens_10.html

2014    “Where Vanity Meets Volition: Technicity, Self-Monitoring, and the Comedy of Exasperation.” World Picture Journal.  http://www.worldpicturejournal.com/WP_9/Stevens.html

2013    “Dying to Love: Gay Identity, Suicide, and Aesthetics in A Single Man.” Cinema  Journal. Vol. 52, No 4. pp. 99-120.

2010    “Tossing Truths: Improvisation and the Performative Utterances of Nichols and May.” Critical Quarterly. Vol. 52, no. 3. pp. 23-46.

Book Chapters

2021    “Twink-le, Twink-le, New Queer Stardom: Ben Wishaw, Ezra Miller, Zachary Quinto.” Stellar Transformations: Movie Stars of the 2010s. Ed. Steve Rybin. Rutgers University  Press. (Forthcoming.) 

2020    “Introduction: What We Call Film.” The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory. Ed. Kyle Stevens. Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming.)

2020    “The Occupation of the Skull: Cinema, Sound, Headphones.” The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory. Ed. Kyle Stevens. Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming.)

2019    “Elaine May: Subverting Machismo ‘Step by Tiny Step’.” The Other Hollywood  Renaissance. Eds. R. Barton Palmer, Murray Pomerance, and Dominic Lennard. Edinburgh University Press. (Forthcoming.)

2018    “Introduction.” (Co-written with Murray Pomerance). Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Volume 1: America. Eds. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens.

2018    “Introduction.” (Co-written with Murray Pomerance). Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Volume 2: International. Eds. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens. 

2018    “Michel Surreault in La cage aux folles.” Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Volume 2: International. Eds. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens.

 2017    “A Star is Dead: Barrymore's Anti-Christian Metaperformance.” Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition on Screen. Ed. Steve Rybin and Murray Pomerance. Edinburgh University Press

 2017    “Queer Movements: Color, Performance, and Rhythm in John Huston’s Reflections in a  Golden Eye.” John Huston as Adaptor. Ed. Wesley King and Douglas McFarland. SUNY Press.

 2014    “Ford Does Isherwood.” The American Isherwood. Ed. James Berg and Chris Freeman. Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota Press.

 2009    “What a Difference A Gay Makes: Marriage in the Nineties Romantic Comedy.” Falling In Love Again: Romantic Comedy in Contemporary Cinema. Eds. Deborah Jermyn and Stacey Abbott. NY: I.B. Tauris Press.

Reviews and Other Scholarly Publications

2020    Entries on Hannah Arendt and Béla Balázs. The Film-Philosophy Reader. Eds. Gregory Flaxman, Elena Oxman, and Rick Warner. (Forthcoming.)

2019    “Bewitched by Olivia.” LA Review of Books.

2019    “Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Marielle Heller’s Queer Art of Transparency.” Adaptation. Vol. 12, No 1. pp. 58–60.

2018    “Wet Humor.” Critical Inquiry Blog In the Moment. https://critinq.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/wet-humor/

2018    Review of Annette Insdorf’s Opening Overtures. Critical Inquiry. Document31https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/kyle_stevens_reviews_cinematic_overtures/

2017    To-camera commentary for The Fortune on Blu-ray. Powerhouse Films UK. 

2017    “Look at the Politics: On Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” The Journal of American History. Volume 104, Issue 1. p. 307–309.

 2017    “Welcome to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin on Finding the Queerness in His Character.”    Interview with podcast voice actor Cecil Baldwin. Slate.com.

 2015    “Suffering without Meaning: Augustín Zarzosa’s Recuperation of the Melodrama.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. Vol. 37, Issue 3. Fall.

 2014    “Thoughts on Writing ‘Dying to Love’ Then, Now.” Cinema Journal, Afterthoughts and Postscripts. 52:4.  https://www.cmstudies.org/general/custom.asp?page=CJ_after524_stevens

 2012    “Review: Film: A Sound Art by Michel Chion.” Film Criticism. Winter. Vol. 34. p.81-84.

 2011    Entries on Carnal Knowledge, George Cukor, Katherine Hepburn, Elaine May, The Method, The Philadelphia Story, Barbra Streisand, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in Movies  in  American History: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Phillip DiMare. Santa Barbara:  ABC-CLIO Press.

 2006    “Review: New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader.” Film Criticism. Fall/Winter, Vol. 31. p. 173-176. 

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2888

Office address
201B Edwin Duncan