- Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, Chair of Cinema and Media Studies, Cinema and Media Studies
Education & Professional History
Iowa State University, BS; University of Iowa, MA; University of Massachusetts-Amherst, PhD.
At Carleton since 1999.
Highlights & Recent Activity
"'Too Marvelous For Words': Bogart and Bacall's Dark Passage from Myth to Modernized Melodrama" (currently in progress).
"'Sing Me a Song of a Lass That is Gone': Myth and Meaning in the Starz Original Series Outlander" (under review).
"Film Lecturing for the National Audubon Society: Roger Tory Peterson's Wild America" (forthcoming in The Moving Image, 2017).
"Audubon Screen Tours: The National Audubon Society and the Making of a 16mm Network," Film History: An International Journal 28.1 (2016).
"Vampires Suck! Twihards Rule!!! Myth and Meaning in the Twilight Saga Franchise," Quarterly Review of Film & Video 32.3 (2015).
Co-edited, with Elizabeth Nathanson, "Teaching Film and Media in Liberal Arts Colleges," Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier 2.2 (Spring 2014).
Co-authored, with Ron Rodman, “Lions and Lambs: Industry-Audience Negotiations in the Twilight Saga Franchise,” Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, Eds. Carol Vernallis and Amy Herzog, Oxford University Press, 2013.
Electric Theater: The Emergence of Cinema in Northfield, Minnesota, 1896-1917, Northfield Historical Society, 2011.
Co-curated, with Laurel Bradley, Modernizing Melodrama, Exhibition and Catalog, Carleton College Teaching Museum, 2010.
Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations
Society for Cinema & Media Studies
Courses Taught This Year
As Listed on Department Faculty Pages
Carol Donelan teaches Introduction to Cinema & Media Studies, Film Genres, Film History I, Film History II, Film Noir and Cinema Studies Seminar. Her interests include melodrama and film noir as modes of visual storytelling for popular audiences and archival research on the history of moviegoing and film exhibition. Among her publications are a study that connects local history with national trends in film distribution and exhibition, Electric Theater: The Emergence of Cinema in Northfield, 1896-1917, and essays in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Film History: An International Journal.