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Joanna E. Rapf

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Joanna Rapf is the author of Buster Keaton: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1995), On the Waterfront (Cambridge, 2002), Interviews with Sidney Lumet (Univ. of Mississippi Press, 2005), and with Andy Horton, A Companion to Film Comedy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Her articles on film have appeared in such journals as Film Quarterly, The Cinema Journal, Literature/Film Quarterly, Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Film Criticism, Journal of Popular Culture, Studies in American Humor, Western Humanities Review, and in a number of critical anthologies, including essays on Woody Allen in A Companion to Woody Allen (Wiley-Blackwell 2012), on Marie Dressler in Idols of Modernity (Rutgers 2010), on Roscue Arbuckle in Slapstick Comedy (Routledge, 2010) and an essay on feminism and Jerry Lewis praised by the comedian himself in Hollywood Comedians: The Film Reader (Routledge, 2003). In addition to writing on film, she is on the editorial board of Film Quarterly, and has also published on English Romantic poetry in Victorian Poetry (Tennyson & Wordsworth), Studies in Romanticism (John Clare), Studies in English Literature (Byron), Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin (Shelley), and two critical collections: Approaches to Teaching Bryon's Poetry (MLA, 1991) and Influence and Resistance in 19th-Century Poetry (Macmillan, 1993). Professor Rapf's graduate course is on "Film Theory and Criticism," often with an emphasis on feminist film theory, and comic theory. She believes that today, when we watch more television and see more movies than we read books, visual literacy is the sine qua non of an educated and informed life.
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