Assoc Professor, TV, Radio, Film & Theatre
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Spring 2013: Mondays/Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Alison L. McKee is an Associate Professor in the Radio-Television Film program at San Jose State University. She specializes in film history, theory, and criticism. Professor McKee earned a B.A. and M.A in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and went on to get a Ph.D. in film and media studies at UCLA, focusing particularly on film history, narrative, and gender issues in classical American cinema. She presents regularly at national and international conferences and been invited to speak in the U.S. and abroad on a range of topics related to film, digital media, gender, and emerging technologies. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international journals and books, most recently in International Journal of the Constructed Environment, New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past (eds. Alistair Fox, Barry Keith Grant, Hilary Radner, Intellect UK/The Chicago of University Press, 2011), and Bright Lights Film Journal. McKee is a SJSU Salzburg Fellow (2009-1010) and the recipient of several grants and awards for her writing and work within film and literary studies.
Professor McKee is currently at work on three research and writing projects: a transmedia investigation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and its literary, fan fiction, film, and theatrical incarnations and sequels; an examination of Peter Jackson's film Heavenly Creatures and the other cultural, historical, dramatic, journalistic, and academic discussions of the Parker-Hulme murder (1954) on which it is based; and a book on the 1940s woman’s film and its relationship to cinematic representations of history. Originally trained in literature and film, McKee is always, at the core, a student and teacher of the cultural and aesthetic significance of narrative in its historical context. Of particular interest to her is the manner in which issues of gender and sexuality shape and inform narrative across different media. Currently there is nothing she would rather be doing than curling up with a favorite Victorian novel, a vintage piece of pulp fiction discovered in a second-hand store, a newly discovered example of fan writing on the internet, or a three-hankie woman’s film from the 1940s. When not working, McKee can occasionally be found in Second Life where she builds and maintains beautiful ocean-front property and hangs out at virtual Irish pubs.
In addition to teaching in the RTVF program, Professor McKee has taught and advised graduate students in Theatre Arts and is an Associate Director in the School of Music and Dance (2011-2012).