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Janet Staiger is a theoretician and historian of American film and television. Her current work includes historiographical practices in media studies, problems in the representation of gender (masculinity and queer studies) and sexuality and violence (slasher and sexually explicit films), and theorization of emotions and genres.
She is the author of 10 books, including Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception( New York University Press, 2000); Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era(New York University Press, 2000); and Bad Women: Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema(University of Minnesota Press, 1995). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1981.
Migratory Narratives: Why Some Stories Replicate Across Media, Cultures, Historical Eras
as author at MIT World Series: Media in Transition 4: The Work of Stories,
together with: William C. Uricchio, Thomas Pettitt, Richard Howells,