Lea Jacobs

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  • Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities
  • College of Letters & Science
  • Professor
  • Film
  • Director
  • Cinematheque
Office Hours:
  • By appointment
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Research areas include the history of the American studio system, performance, silent cinema, and film stylistics. I regularly teach courses on the studio system, methods of analysis, and animation. My current research project concerns the transition to sound in Hollywood and is entitled "Trapped in Time: Film Rhythm After Sound."

Education

  • Ph.D. Film, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985

Honors/Awards

  • Guggenheim Fellowship , John Simon Guggenheim Foundation , 2002
  • ACLS Fellowship , American Council of Learned Societies , 2010
  • Resident Fellowship , Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin - Madison , 1994
  • Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities , Rockefeller Foundation , 1987
  • Kellett Mid-Career Award , The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2009

Books

  • 1991. The Wages of Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman Film. University of Wisconsin Press, rpt. University of California .
  • 1997. Theatre to Cinema: Stage Pictorialism and the Early Feature Film. Oxford: Oxford University Press .
  • 2008. The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s. Berkeley: University of California Press .

Articles

  • 2009. "Naturalism and the Diva: Francesca Bertini in Assunta Spina." , http://uwfilmies.pbwiki.com/Bertini .
  • 2010. "The Talmadge Sisters: A Forgotten Filmmaking Dynasty." in Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s .
  • 2012. "A Lesson with Eisenstein: Rhythm and Pacing in Ivan the Terrible Part I." Music and the Moving Image , Vol. 5, no. 1: 24-46 .
  • 2012. "The Innovation of Re-recording in the Hollywood Studios." Film History , Vol 24, no. 1: 5-34 .
  • 2012. "John Stahl: Melodrama, modernism and the problem of naive taste." Modernism/modernity , Vol. 19, no. 2: 303-320 .

Courses

  • CA 357 - History of Animation
  • CA 454 - Advanced Film Analysis
  • CA 556 - History of the American Film Industry in the Era of the Studio System
  • CA 613 - John Ford and the Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • CA 950 - The Rise of the Feature Film
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