Eric Dienstfrey

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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Film
Office Hours:
  • by appointment
Expertise and Activities: 

My dissertation, When Stereos Were New Media, traces how theories of fidelity and psychoacoustics informed the designs of motion picture surround sound technology from 1930 to 1959. Other interests include film music composers and performers of the silent era, the cultural history of wire and tape recorders, and the contemporary computer animation industry. Since 2009 I have served as an editor for The Velvet Light Trap.

Education

  • M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2004

Honors/Awards

  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship , Mellon Foundation and the State of Wisconsin , 2017
  • The Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award , Society for Cinema & Media Studies , 2017
  • University Housing Honored Instructor Award , University of Wisconsin , 2017
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2016
  • Elliott Dissertation Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2014
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship for academic achievement , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2013
  • Robert J. Wickhem Award for excellence in teaching media production , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2011
  • First Year McCarty Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2009

Articles

Courses

  • CA 613 - The Coen Brothers and Their Influences (reader)
  • CA 552 - American Cinema Since 1970
  • CA 355 - Introduction to Media Production
  • CA 350 - Introduction to Film
  • CA 313 - Film Comedy (reader)
  • CA 100 - Introduction to Speech Composition