Kyle Stevens

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Assistant Professor
Film Studies
Sanford 316
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Academic Specialty

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

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: America; Volume 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?