Associate Professor of Cinema and Art History
Office: Lecture Hall 173
Phone: (607) 777-3811
Specialization: film theory, film noir and the historical avant-garde.
Brian Wall completed his PhD at the University of Western Ontario, reading Samuel Beckett's plays for radio, television and film through Theodor Adorno's dialectic of the modernist work of art and the culture industry.
His primary research areas include critical theory-particularly that of Adorno and Benjamin-and the historical avant garde (in a variety of media); and his current project entails tracing the many ways in which spirit and junk come to be allegorized, represented and embodied in film.
Other research interests include film noir, German Expressionism and Weimar cinema, paracinema, Marxism, psychoanalysis and phenomenology. He has published articles on Beckett, Bataille, The Big Lebowski and Buffy, among others.