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Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Mark Minett

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5972
Resources: English Language and Literature
Film and Media Studies Program


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
BA, Oberlin College, 2002

Areas of Specialization 

    Historical Poetics
    Television Studies
    Film Studies
    Comics Studies
    Transmedia Genre

Recently Taught Courses 

Introduction to Film and Media Studies
Superheroes Across Media

Current Research Projects 

My current major research project synthesizes my scholarly interest in transmedia processes, storytelling, authorship, and genre. It builds upon the findings and research presented in my 2013 dissertation, which focuses largely on revising accounts of Robert Altman’s feature filmmaking and its relationship with Hollywood norms in the early 1970s. In my dissertation’s final chapter, I reassess claims about the features and significance of Altman’s work in the “training grounds” of industrial films and filmed television in light of original archival research and close analysis of several key texts. My current project expands and refines this account of Altman’s career in filmed television. In doing so, I aim to contribute to the growing body of literature on television aesthetics, deepening the field’s understanding of narrative, style, and media production practice in late 1950s and early 1960s filmed television. As part of this endeavor, I look beyond Altman’s projects, constructing and analyzing key context sets in television and film in an attempt to place Altman’s work within the contemporaneous landscape of storytelling norms, generic conventions, authorial practices, industry structures, and transmedia processes and influences. This interest in the transmedia exchange of production personnel, genre, and storytelling practices is fundamental to my secondary research agenda, which relies on a series of in-depth but small scale case studies to develop a poetics of the superhero genre as it has been extended across multiple forms, institutional contexts, and platforms in comics, radio, film, television, and new media.

Selected Publications 

    Millhouse: The Problems and Opportunities of Political Cinema.” Film History 26.1 (2014).
    “Beyond the badass: Electronic Dance Music meets film music practice.” The New Review of Film and Television Studies 11.22 (2013).

    “Reforming the ‘Justice’ System: Marvel’s Avengers and the Transformation of the All-Star Team Book,” (with Brad Schauer), in Making the Marvel Universe: Transmedia and the Marvel Comics Brand. University of Texas Press (Forthcoming).
    “Sponsoring the Hollywood Renaissance: Reappraising Robert Altman’s Industrial Films,” in A Robert Altman Companion. Wiley-Blackwell (2015).
    “Early Altman,” in Robert Altman: The Book. Il Castoro and TFF (2011).

Recent Presentations 

    “Altman Unscripted?” Screenwriting Research Network International Conference. Madison, WI. August 20-22, 2013.
    “The Justice System: A Poetics of the All-Star Team Book.” Comics Studies Conference. Chicago, IL. April 13, 2012.
    “Learning by Selling: Robert Altman and Industrial Filmmaking as Training Ground.” Annual Conference for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. New Orleans, LA. March 10-13, 2011.
    “Rethinking Television Style and Authorship: Robert Altman, Troubleshooters, and Combat!” Annual Conference for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Los Angeles, CA. March 17-21, 2010.
    “The Hollywood Film Score and the DJ Aesthetic.” Annual Conference for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Philadelphia, PA. March 6-9, 2008.
    “Noir Anxiety.”  Annual Conference for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Chicago, IL. March 8-11, 2007.
    “Tricky d: Millhouse and the Problems of a Political Cinema.” Film & History Annual Conference. Dallas, TX. November 8-11, 2006.

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