Publication Note: Dr. Marguerite Rippy’s Book on Orson Welles

36301243The department celebrated the publication of  Dr. Marguerite Rippy’s book, Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects: A Postmodern Perspective, at a reception in late May.   Her book  provides the first in-depth examination of early film and radio projects shelved by RKO or by Welles himself. While previous studies of Welles largely fall into the categories of biography or modernist film studies, this book extends the understanding of Welles via postmodern narrative theory and performance analysis, weaving his work into the cultural and commercial background of its production. By identifying the RKO years as a critical moment in performance history, Rippy synthesizes scholarship that until now has been scattered among film studies, narrative theory, feminist critique, American studies, and biography.

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