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Mark Minett

Assistant Professor
Film and Media Studies Program
University of South Carolina

Email: minett@mailbox.sc.edu
Office: HUO 201
Phone Number: (803) 576-5972

Background 

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • BA, Oberlin College, 2002

Research 

  • My current major research project synthesizes my scholarly interest in transmedia processes, storytelling, authorship, and genre. It builds upon the findings and research presented in my 2013 dissertation, which focuses largely on revising accounts of Robert Altman’s feature filmmaking and its relationship with Hollywood norms in the early 1970s. In my dissertation’s final chapter, I reassess claims about the features and significance of Altman’s work in the “training grounds” of industrial films and filmed television in light of original archival research and close analysis of several key texts. My current project expands and refines this account of Altman’s career in filmed television. In doing so, I aim to contribute to the growing body of literature on television aesthetics, deepening the field’s understanding of narrative, style, and media production practice in late 1950s and early 1960s filmed television. As part of this endeavor, I look beyond Altman’s projects, constructing and analyzing key context sets in television and film in an attempt to place Altman’s work within the contemporaneous landscape of storytelling norms, generic conventions, authorial practices, industry structures, and transmedia processes and influences.This interest in the transmedia exchange of production personnel, genre, and storytelling practices is fundamental to my secondary research agenda, which relies on a series of in-depth but small scale case studies to develop a poetics of the superhero genre as it has been extended across multiple forms, institutional contexts, and platforms in comics, radio, film, television, and new media.

Teaching 

  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies
  • Superheroes Across Media
  • Introduction to Comics Studies
  • American Television

Areas of Specialization 

  • Historical Poetics
  • Television Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Comics Studies
  • Transmedia Genre