Paul Young

Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Paul Young received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 1998. He has written two books, Frank Miller's Daredevil and the Ends of Heroism (Rutgers, July 2016), which was nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work, and The Cinema Dreams Its Rivals: Media Fantasy Films from Radio to the Internet (Minnesota 2006). Publications also include essays on the historiography of film noir, the dawn of film sound, American naturalism and early cinema, video game genres, Don DeLillo's White Noise, and the telegraphic imaginary of early film in journals and collections including Modernism/Modernity, American Literary History, Convergence, The Minnesota Review, The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film (2011), and New Media, 1740-1915 (MIT Press 2003). His essay on the allegorical structure of Lois Weber's Hypocrites (1915) appeared in Cinema Journal 55.1 (2015). Since 2015 he has joined his brother, Tim Young, in producing a bi-weekly podcast called To the Batpoles!, which reviews episodes of the 1966 Batman TV show, analyzes its relationship to "camp" and 1960s U.S. culture, and considers its legacy in cinema, comics, and other media.

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Young's research and teaching focus on how particular uses of film, from formal and stylistic experiments to such conventions as genres and continuity editing, affect public debates about the nature of the medium. He has taught courses on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, controversial films and American mainstream film criticism, and the industrial city in cinema and fiction. Of late he has begun to explore the intermedia relationships between cinema, video, and comics. He regularly teaches a new course at Dartmouth called FS 41: Cinema and the Graphic Novel, which explores the intertwined histories of the two media through primary texts, critical essays, and student cartooning and storyboarding projects (no drawing experience required or expected).

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Film and Media Studies
B.A. University of Iowa
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago