Amanda Klein

Amanda Klein

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Bate 2128
Phone: 252.328.6681
E-Mail: kleina@ecu.edu


Amanda Klein teaches courses in film history, theory and aesthetics. Her primary research and teaching interests include film history and historiography, film genres and genre theory, African American cinema, exploitation films, television studies, and subcultural studies.


B.A. Cornell University
M.A. University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Film History and Theory
Reality Television
Cult Cinema
Genre Theory and History
Cultural Studies

Courses Taught

FILM 5350: Special Topics in Film: History of African American Cinema
FILM 4985/6940: Capstone: The American Film Musical
FILM 4985: Capstone: Film Genres, Then and Now
FILM 4980: Topics in Film Aesthetics: Trash Cinema and Taste
FILM 4920: Cinematic Identities: Women, Identity and Difference in American Cinema
FILM 4910:  Survey of Film Styles and Movements: Introduction to Reality Television
FILM 4910: Survey of Film Styles and Movements: Teenpics & American Youth Culture
FILM 3920: Film Theory and Criticism
FILM 3901: American and International Film History, Part II: History of Film from World War II to the Present
FILM 3900: American and International Film History, Part I: History of Film from 1895 to World War II
FILM 2900: Introduction to Film Studies

Selected Publications and Presentations


Cycles, Sequels, Spin-offs, Remakes and Reboots: Multiplicities in Film & Television. Co-edited with R. Barton Palmer. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016.
American Film Cycles: Reframing Genres, Screening Social Problems, and Defining Subcultures. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011.

Manuscripts Under Contract

Identity Killed the Video Star, under contract with Duke University Press (manuscript due December 2018).


 “Genre,” invited essay for The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice Eds. Mary Celeste Kearney and Michael Kackman. New York: Routledge. 195-206. 2018.

With R. Barton Palmer, “Introduction.” Multiplicities: Cycles, Sequels, Remakes and Reboots in Film & Television. Ed. Amanda Ann Klein and R. Barton Palmer. Austin: University of Texas Press. 1-21. 2016

“The Kissing Cycle, Mashers, and (White) Women in the City.” Multiplicities: Cycles, Sequels, Remakes and Reboots in Film & Television. Ed. Amanda Ann Klein and R. Barton Palmer. Austin: University of Texas Press. 22-40. 2016

“The Academic Film Blog: A Eulogy (2000-2015).” Film Criticism 40.1 (2016) < http://quod.lib.umich.edu/f/fc?page=home>.

“Josef von Sternberg.” 50 Hollywood Directors. Ed. Suzanne Leonard and Yvonne Tasker. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. 227-233.
“Abject Femininity and Compulsory Masculinity on the Jersey Shore.” Reality Gendervision: Decoding Sexuality And Gender On Transatlantic Reality TV. Ed. Brenda Weber. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. 213-243.
“Realism, Censorship, and the Social Promise of Dead End.” Modern Drama on Screen. Eds. R. Barton Palmer and Robert Bray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 9-28.
“‘The Dickensian Aspect’: Melodrama, Viewer Engagement and the Socially Conscious Text.” All in the Game: Critical Studies of HBO’s The Wire. Eds. Tiffany Potter and C.W. Marshall. New York: Continuum Press, 2009. 195-209.

“Postmodern Marketing, Generation Y and the Multi-Platform Viewing Experience of MTV’s The Hills.” Jump Cut 51.

“Work/Love/Film: Exploring the Ambiguities of Definition in Godard’s Passion.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 24.1 (2007): 41-51.

In Press

“Teaching Fake News and Resisting the Privilege of Forgetting,” invited essay for Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age. Eds. Melissa Zimdars and Kembrew McLeod. (MIT Press)

“Twin Peaks,” invited essay for TV Memories: Love Letters to Our Television Past, Ed. Bambi Haggins. (Rutgers University Press)

“Buckwild: Rebranding Whiteness on MTV,” invited essay for How to Watch Television II Eds. Jason Mittell and Ethan Thompson. (NYU Press)

“Grown Woman Shit: A Case for Magic Mike XXL as Cult Text,” invited essay for Cult Film Companion. Eds. Ernest Mathijs and Jamie Sexton. (Routledge)

Freelance Work

Spinoff City: Why Hollywood Is Built on Unoriginal Ideas.” The Atlantic 20 March 2016.

Thirty Seasons of The Real World.” The New Yorker. 28 Nov 2015.

Consider the Catfish.” The New Yorker. 3 Sept 2015.
“‘Clueless’ and the end of Gen X: How Cher Horowitz taught us to stop worrying and embrace millennial optimism, post-racial fantasy and the 1 percent.” Salon. 15 July 2015.

“‘The Breakfast Club’, 30 Years Later: A Conversation Across Generations.” Roger Ebert.com. 26 March 2015.
With Christian Exoo, “Plagiarism, Patchwriting and the Race and Gender Hierarchy of Online Idea Theft.” Truth Out 13 March 2015.

Website Links

Film Studies Website
Judgmental Observer