Corey Creekmur

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Corey Creekmur
Associate Professor of English
Cinematic Arts
W211 Adler Journalism Building
(319) 335-2824


Corey Creekmur's teaching and research focus on international popular cinema (especially American and South Asian), cross-cultural film genres, and the way in which such films interact with other media (such as music) as well as discourses of race, gender, and sexuality. He also teaches courses, derived from the theoretical foundations of cultural studies and psychoanalysis, on the affective relation between film stars and fans. His work on American literature deals with popular genres as well, including detective fiction and the superhero comic book. In addition to his main appointments in the Departments of English and Cinematic Arts, he is affiliated with International Programs, Sexuality Studies, and the South Asian Studies Program. He also directs the Institute for Cinema and Culture.

Research Areas:

American film genres (the Western, film noir, and the musical); Indian cinema (especially popular Hindi film); film and music; African American cinema; race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture; psychoanalysis and mass culture; Asian cinema and globalization; popular American literature (especially crime fiction and comic books).

Recent Publications:

“Bombay Bhai: The Gangster in and Behind Hindi Cinema,” in Images of Justice: Cinema, Law, and the State In Asia, eds. Corey K. Creekmur and Mark Sidel. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

“Contemporary Indian Cinema,” (with Jyotika Virdi) in Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame, ed. Anne Ciecko. Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers, 2006.

“Popular Hindi Cinema and the Film Song,” in Traditions in World Cinema, eds. Linda Badley, R. Barton Palmer and Steven Jay Schneider. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.