- 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 Melodrama" (in progress)
"Ladies and Gentlemen, This is 16mm: Reconstructing Roger Tory Peterson's Film Lecture Performance of Wild America" (under review, summer 2016)
"'Sing Me a Song of a Lass That is Gone': Myth and Meaning in the Starz Original Series Outlander" (under review, spring 2016)
"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
- CAMS 225: Film Noir: The Dark Side of the American Dream (Spring 2016)
- CAMS 210: Film History I (Fall 2016)
- CAMS 400: Integrative Exercise (Fall 2016)
- CAMS 330: Cinema Studies Seminar (Winter 2017)
- CAMS 110: Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies (Winter 2017)
- CAMS 186: Film Genres (Spring 2017)
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.