Andrea Comiskey

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  • Faculty Assistant
  • Film
Office Hours:
  • Spring 2016
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • And by appointment
Expertise and Activities: 

I am a Faculty Assistant and a member of the editorial board of THE VELVET LIGHT TRAP. My primary research interests are the related histories of U.S. film distribution, exhibition, and moviegoing. My recently completed dissertation examines the domestic distribution of Hollywood films in the mid-to-late 1930s, highlighting distribution's connections to product differentiation and the film industry's assumptions about its audiences. Other research interests include animation, special effects, cinema and new media technologies, and early cinema. In Communication Arts, I have held a variety of teaching and other positions (lecturer, instructor, TA, reader-grader) for courses in film studies, media production, and first-year composition.

Education

  • Ph.D. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2015
  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Agnes Scott College, 2006

Honors/Awards

  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship , Mellon Foundation and the State of Wisconsin , 2014
  • Helen K. Herman Award , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2011
  • University Housing Residents' Honored Instructor Award , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2010
  • Elizabeth Warner Risser Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2010
  • Stephen P. Jarchow Digital Archive Fellowship , Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research , 2009
  • Pearce Award , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2008
  • University Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2006

Articles

  • 2012. "Genre, Domestic Distribution, and Audiences, 1935-1945: The Case of the Western." Iluminace , 3: 51-68 .
  • 2011. "The Campus Cinematheque: Film Culture at U.S. Universities, 1960-1975." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities , Winter/Spring: 36-52 .

Chapters

  • 2015. "(Stop) Motion Control: Special Effects in Contemporary Puppet Animation." Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts , eds. Bob Rehak, Dan North, and Michael Duffy. London: BFI/Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming) .
  • 2012. "Hollywood's Conception of its Audience in the 1920s." (with Lea Jacobs) The Classical Hollywood Reader , ed. Steve Neale. New York: Routledge .
  • 2011. "The Hero We Read: THE DARK KNIGHT, Allegoresis, and Blockbuster Ideology." Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight , eds. Kevin Durand and Mary K. Leigh. Jefferson, NC: McFarland , 124-147 .

Lectures/Keynotes

  • 2011. "On Scenarists and Scene Dissection: Continuity Script Practices and Film Style in the Early 1910s," Cinémarchives ou les naissances du cinéma conference , Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France , June 06, 2011 .

Other

Courses

  • CA 357 - History of the Animated Film (Lecturer)
  • CA 350 - Introduction to Film (Lecturer, TA)
  • CA 355 - Introduction to Media Production (TA)
  • CA 352 - History of World Cinema (TA)
  • CA 354 - Film Styles and Genres (TA)
  • CA 100 - Introduction to Speech Composition (Instructor)