GENEVA, N.Y.—Mark Lynn Anderson, assistant professor of English at Hobart and William Smith, has won The 18th Annual Dissertation Award from the Society for Cinema Studies. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the 2001 Society for Cinema Studies Conference in Washington, D.C. later this month. Founded in 1959, the society is an international professional organization devoted to the scholarly study of film, television, video, and new media.
Anderson's dissertation titled “Twilight of the Idols: Male Film Stars, Mass Culture, and the Human Sciences in the 1920s America” examines the American male film star of the 1920s as an important site for understanding the construction of a mass audience. In his work Anderson analyzes the period after the First World War when Hollywood helped popularize ideas about subjectivity and deviance that were borrowed from the emerging human sciences: psychology, sociology, and anthropology. He finds that the male film star of the 1920s often embodied or performed modern scientific conceptions of personality disorders and social deviance.
The Dissertation Award Committee received submissions from society members who have completed their dissertations and received their doctoral degrees between October 1, 1999 and September 30, 2000. Dissertations dealing with any cinema, television, or video topic were considered. Criteria for judging include clarity and strength of argumentation, quality and originality of scholarship and research, organization and coherence, prose style, and contribution to the understanding of the field of film, television, or video studies.
Anderson began teaching at Hobart and William Smith in 2000. He holds the Ph.D. in film studies from the University of Rochester, a master's degree in English from the University of Rochester in English, a master's degree in literature from American University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from James Madison University. Anderson has received awards from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies, the Edward S. Curtis Fellowship in Film Studies from the University of Rochester, and a University Fellowship from American University.
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