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Adrienne L. McLean
Professor-Arts And Humanities
Office MailstopRoom No.: JO5606 
Email Address  amclean@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2755    Fax Number (972) 883-2989    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.Film Studies and American StudiesEmory University, Institute of the Liberal Arts1994
 M.F.A.Dance, Dance HistorySouthem Methodist University, Dallas, Texas1981
 B.A.Art History, minors in American History, DanceSouthem Methodist University, Dallas, Texas1979
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Areas of Specialization

Film history and theory; women and film; classical Hollywood cinema; stars and star images; dance history.

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forthcoming
Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema, series eds. Adrienne L. McLean and Murray Pomerance (Rutgers University Press). Ten volumes, contracted 2006; four volumes published (2009 and 2010), two in press (2011), four forthcoming.
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Book
forthcoming
“Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable: Pinned Up.” In What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, forthcoming).
Category: What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s
Book chapters
2013
"If Only They Had Meant to Make a Comedy: Laughing at Black Swan." In The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema, Murray Pomerance, ed. (Wayne State University Press, 2013).
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2011
Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, Adrienne L. McLean, ed. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2011).
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2011
"If Only They Had Meant to Make a Comedy: Laughing at Black Swan." In The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema, Murray Pomerance, ed. (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming). "Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth: Pinned Up." In What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2011).
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2010 2010 Marking New Territory: What Can Happen to a Film When You Hurt the Dog.
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, March 2010.
2010 2010 Alone in a Vast Field: Your Subject Matter, the Matter of Your Subject, Does Your Subject Matter
Workshop participant,“Writing About Film.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, March 2010.
2008 2008 Performing Live: Acting, Authenticity, and Reality Television
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2008. Also panel chair, Hitchcock and Morality.
2007 2007 Papa, Won't You Play With Me? Postwar Hollywood and Fan-Magazine Fatherhood
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2007.
2006 2006 Our Eyes Met Across the Footlights: Theatrical Space(s), Performance, and Intimacy in Hollywood Film
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 2006.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2008-presentProfessorFilm StudiesSchool of Arts and HumanitiesUTD
2004-2008Associate ProfessorFilm StudiesSchool of Arts and HumanitiesUTD
1999, 2001, 2006Visiting ProfessorSummer M.A./M.F.A. Program in Screenwriting and Film Studies Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia
1998-2004Assistant Professor, tenure-trackFilm StudiesSchool of Arts and HumanitiesUTD
1995-1998Visiting Assistant ProfessorFilm Studies Program Emory University
1994-1995LecturerLiberal Studies and Film Studies Emory University
1994-1995InstructorSchool of Literature, Communication, and Culture Georgia Institute of Technology
1993-1994Dean's Teaching FellowFilm Studies Emory University
1991-1993Teaching assistant and instructor  Emory University
1977-1981InstructorDance Division Southern Methodist University
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Personal Statement

In 2011, Professor Adrienne L. McLean published her fourth book for Rutgers University Press, Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, which is an entry in the ten-volume series that she co-edits, Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema. Other books include Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema (2008, selected as a Choice outstanding academic title) and Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom (2004), now in its second printing. She is currently working on a collection on dogs and film, Cinematic Canines, as well as a book on makeup and hairdressing in the studio era. 

In addition to book projects, Professor McLean has continued to produce original essays for publication. Recent work includes "Flirting with Terpsichore: Dance, Class, and Entertainment in 1930s Film Musicals," in The Sound of Musicals, Steven Cohan, ed. (2011); "Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable: Pinned Up," in What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (2011); "What a Swell Party This Was: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra," in Larger than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s, R. Barton Palmer, ed. (2010); "Putting 'Em Down Like a Man: Eleanor Powell and the Spectacle of Competence," in Hetero: Queering Representations of Straightness, Sean Griffin, ed. (2009); "Wedding Bells Ring, Storks Are Expected, the Rumours Aren't True, Divorce Is the Only Answer: Stardom and Fan-Magazine Family Life in 1950s Hollywood," in A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home, Murray Pomerance, ed. (2008).

Dr. McLean routinely supports her field through the production of book and manuscript reviews for University of California Press, SUNY Press, Rutgers University Press, Wayne State University Press and others, and serves as a peer reviewer for numerous film journals. She also is regularly asked to contribute information for use in newspaper articles and in other mass-media programming about a wide range of film topics. In order to share and to hone her scholarly work in its formative stages, Professor McLean presents peer-reviewed papers at academic conferences annually.


Honors and Awards
  • Robert De Niro Fellowship, Ransom Center, University of Texas, 2011-2012.
  • Victor Worsfold Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of Arts and Humanities, UTD, 2001.
  • Sigma Nu Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Emory College, Emory University, 1997.
  • First Place, Society for Cinema Studies Student Writing Competition, 1992.
  • Ball Brothers Foundation Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library, University of Indiana, 1992.
  • Algur H. Meadows Fellowship in Dance, Southern Methodist University, 1979-1981.

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