Mary R. Desjardins

Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies

Mary Desjardins received her PhD in Cinema-TV from USC. Before coming to Dartmouth, she taught at UC Santa Barbara and UT Austin. Articles in journals, such as Film Quarterly, Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Vectors, and The Spectator. She also has book chapters in Television, History, and American Culture; Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting and Desire; Headline Hollywood: 100 Years of Film Scandal; Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture; Fires Were Started: British Cinema and Thatcherism; and Questioning the Media. A recent collection of essays on Marlene Dietrich, Dietrich Icon, which she co-edited with Gerd Gemunden, was published by Duke University Press in 2007. Her forthcoming book is Recycled Stars: Female Stardom in the Age of Television and Video. Mary is also on the planning board of Console-ing Passions: Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism, and on the advisory board for "She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio," a permanent collection at the Paley Center for Television and Radio. Areas of teaching specialty include: media history, film and television stardom, feminist theory, gender and the media, feminist filmmaking, melodrama.

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Department(s): 
Film and Media Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
Education: 
B.A. University of California at Riverside
M.A. University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D. University of Southern California

Selected Publications

“Ephemeral Culture/eBay Culture: Film Collectibles and Fan Investments,” in Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting and Desire , K. Hillis, et al. (eds.), (2006).

“Our Movie-Made Parents, or Watching TV with My Mother,” flowtv , 4:2 (March 2006).

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? Gendered Discourse in The Lonesome Gal and The Continental ,” written with M. Williams, in Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture , S. Squier (ed.), (2003) 251-274.

“Maureen O’Hara’s Confidential Life: Recycling Stars Through Gossip and Moral Biography,” in Small Screens, Big Ideas: Television in the 1950s , J. Thumim (ed.), (2002) 118-130.

“Systemizing Scandal: Confidential Magazine, Stardom, and the State of California,” in Headline Hollywood: 100 Years of Film Scandal , A. McLean and D. Cook (eds.), (2001) 206-231.

Works in progress

Dietrich Icon

Recycled Stars: Female Film Stardom in the Age of Television and Video

“The Objects of Our Affection: Material Practices, Material Culture, and (a) Film History;”

“Archive of the Future/Archive of Everyday Practices: Feminism, Materiality, and Temporality”