Boyle, Deirdre

Boyle, Deirdre

Deirdre  Boyle
Associate Professor of Media Studies, School of Media Studies

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Deirdre Boyle is a media historian, critic, curator, and psychotherapist. Her research and teaching focuses on the history and theory of documentary film and video, critical writing about film and media, the death-denial in a death-centric, mediated world, the trauma, collective memory, and history, and media consumption and the body. She has published eight books, including a history of video documentaries throughout the 1970s, and is currently writing on the films of Errol Morris. She has also taught at New York University, City College/CUNY, Fordham University, Rutgers University, and Moscow State University. She been a guest curator for the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Brussels Video Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art, and programmed independent film and video series for public and cable television.
Courses Taught:
  • Documentary: Its Art and History
  •  Documentary Research MethodsNew Directions in Documentary
  •  Death and Media
  •  History, Memory and Media
  •  Mediating Consumption; Controlling the Body
  •  Film Criticism
  •  Media Criticism
  •  The Artist and Power: Soviet Film
Recent Publications:
“Entering the Cave: Experiencing the Sublime in the Devotional Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky,” (SVA, 2011)

“Undressing My Mother: Death and Film in Rural Ireland.” Short Film Studies 1 (2010).

“Trauma, Memory, Documentary: Reenactments in Two Films by Rithy Panh and Garin Nugroho.” In Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering, edited by Bhaskar Sarkar and Janet Walker. Routledge, 2009.

“Sleeping with the Enemy: Paul Chan's Flirtatious Trilogy, Paul Chan: The Tin Drum Trilogy.” Video Data Bank, 2009.

“Don't Call Them Video Freaks? Bay Area Video Artists and Activists of the Seventies.” Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-2000, edited by Steve Seid. Pacific Film Archive, 2010.

“O Canada! George Stoney's Challenge.” In Challenge: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada, edited by Thomas Waugh, Michael Baker and Ezra Winton. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010.

“From Portapak to Camcorder: A Brief History of Guerrilla Television.” In Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies, edited by Toby Miller. Routledge, 2003.

Subject to Change: Guerrilla Television Revisited. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

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