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Joanna E. Rapf
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Ex officio member, Board of Directors

Biography: Joanna E. Rapf is a Professor of English and Interim Director of the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. She serves on the Board as an ex-officio member representing the home office.


University of Oklahoma
Film and Video Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 302
Norman, OK 73019

Office Phone: (405) 325-3020




Ph.D. English, Brown University
M.A. Comparative Literature, Columbia University
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Comparative Literature, Brown University

Teaching and Research Interests:
American Film History, Feminist Film Theory, Comedy, and dogs

Selected Publications:


The Blackwell Companion to Film Comedy, Eds. Andrew Horton & Joanna E. Rapf, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013

Interviews with Sidney Lumet, Ed. University Press of Mississippi, 2005

On the Waterfront: A Cambridge University Press Film Handbook, Ed. Cambridge UP, 2003

Buster Keaton: A Bio-Bibliography, Eds. Gary Green & Joanna E. Rapf, Greenwood Press, 1995


Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

“Answering a Growl: Roscoe Arbuckle’s Talented Canine Co-Star, Luke,” in Cinematic Canines, Ed. Adrienne L. McLean, Rutgers UP, 2014

“’It’s Complicated Really’: Women in the Films of Woody Allen,” in A Companion to Woody Allen. Eds. Peter J. Bailey and Sam B. Girgus. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013                                               

“Marie Dressler: ‘The Thief of the Talkies’,” in Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s, Ed. Patrice Petro, Rutgers UP, 2010

“Both Sides of the Camera: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle’s Evolution At Keystone,” Quarterly Review of Film & Video Studies, 26.4 (2009). Revised & Rpt. in Slapstick Comedy, Eds. Rob King and Tom Paulus, Routledge, 2010

“’Mesh, Match or Blend’: Buster Keaton's Films with Jimmy Durante, The New Review of Film and Television Studies, 5.3 (December 2007).

“1980: The New Woman,” in American Cinema of the 1980s: Themes and             Variations, Ed. Stephen Prince. Rutgers UP, 2007:22-42 

“1948: Movies and the Family,” in American Cinema of the 1940s: Themes and Variations, Ed. Wheeler Winston Dixon. Rutgers UP, 2006: 200-221 

“Doing Nothing: Harry Langdon & The Performance of Absence,” in Film Quarterly, 59.1 (Fall 2005): 27-35

“Children of the Blacklist,” In Focus Introduction and Editor, The Cinema Journal, 44.4 (Summer 2005): 75-115

Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075