Paul Swann

Chair, Department of Film and Media Arts; Professor
122 Annenberg Hall, 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Paul Swann writes about visual culture from a critical and historical perspective. His research interests include the international culture trade, and media and the city. His most recent published work addresses the culture industries and the post-industrial city. His articles have appeared in numerous journals and scholarly anthologies, including Studies in Visual Communication, Cinema Journal, Critical Communication Review, Historical Media Development, Velvet Light Trap and Journal of Film, Radio and Television. His most recent work is “From Workshop to Backlot: The Greater Philadelphia Film Office,” published in Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in Urban Context (2001). Professor Swann’s books include The British Documentary Film Movement, 1926-1946 and The Hollywood Feature Film in Postwar Britain. He has reviewed manuscripts for University of Minnesota Press, Cambridge University Press, Temple University Press, Vanderbilt University Press, and Focal Press. He has consulted for the National Endowment on the Humanities and the United States Information Agency. His television credits include film research for Once in a Million Years (BBC-TV documentary) and Private Schultz (BBC-TV drama series). Film and Media Arts courses taught by Professor Swann include Introduction to Film and Video Analysis, Media & Culture, History of Narrative Film, Critical History of Documentary Film, Film Theory and Aesthetics, Critical and Interpretive Methods, Communication Aesthetics, Film History, and Postmodern Criticism. Professor Swann also offers courses in the American Studies and Intellectual Heritage programs and has taught at Temple University’s campuses in Tokyo and London.

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