Kyle Stevens

Academic Specialty:

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


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Selected Publications:

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


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

Edited Books

The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory (under contract with Oxford University Press)
Chapters: “Introduction” and “On Synchronization” 

Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, 2 Volumes. Ed., with Murray Pomerance. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. Volume 1: AmericaVolume 2: International

Chapters: “Introduction” (Volumes 1 and 2) and “Michel Surreault in La cage aux folles

Articles and Book Chapters

“Stanley Cavell and The World Heard.” Forthcoming in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture.

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

“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: 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. Albany: SUNY Press, 2017. 

“Clay, Ink, Documentary, Set: On Teaching Casablanca.” The Cine-Files. Issue 9. Fall 2015. [] 

 “Toward a Theory of Voice-Over through Brief Encounter.” World Picture Journal, Spring 2015. [] 

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

“Where Vanity Meets Volition: Technicity, Self-Monitoring, and the Comedy of Exasperation.” World Picture Journal, Summer 2014. []

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

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

“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, 2009. 


Welcome to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin on Finding the Queerness in His Character.” Interview with podcast voice actor Cecil Baldwin. August 20, 2017. [] 

Entries on Hannah Arendt and Béla Balázs. Forthcoming in The Film-Philosophy Reader. Ed. Gregory Flaxman, Elena Oxman, and Rick Warner.

“Look at the Politics: On Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” Forthcoming in The Journal of American History

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

“Thoughts on Writing ‘Dying to Love’ Then, Now.” Cinema Journal, Afterthoughts and Postscripts, 52.4 [] 

“Review: Film: A Sound Art by Michel Chion.” Film Criticism. Winter, 2011/12. Vol. XXXVI, p. 81-84.

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

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

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2888

Office address
201B Edwin Duncan