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Jay Beck

Jay Beck

Education & Professional History

State University of New York at Buffalo, BA; University of Iowa, MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 2010.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Beck, Jay. Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016).

Beck, Jay. “Submerged in Sound: Lucrecia Martel’s La ciénaga.” The Cine-Files no. 8 (Spring 2015).

Beck, Jay. “The Democratic Voice: Robert Altman’s Sound Aesthetics in the 1970s.” In A Companion to Robert Altman, edited by Adrian Danks. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Beck, Jay, with Vanessa Theme Ament. “The New Hollywood, 1981-1999.” In Sound: Dialogue, Music and Effects, edited by Kathryn Kalinak. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Beck, Jay. “Sound Studies in a Liberal Arts Curriculum.” Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier 2, no. 2 (Spring 2014).

Beck, Jay. “Acoustic Auteurs and Transnational Cinema.” In The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, edited by Carol Vernallis, Amy Herzog, and John Richardson, 732-751. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Beck, Jay. “The Evolution of Sound in Cinema.” In The Routledge Companion to Film History, edited by William Guynn, 64-77. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Beck, Jay. “William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and the Proprietary Nature of Sound.” Cinephile vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 4-10.

Beck, Jay, and Vicente Rodriguez Ortega, eds. Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre. Manchester, UK: University of Manchester Press, 2008.

Beck, Jay, and Tony Grajeda, eds. Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Courses Taught This Year

  • CAMS 110: Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies (Spring 2019)
  • CAMS 110: Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies (Fall 2019)
  • CAMS 214: Film History III (Winter 2020)
  • CAMS 265: Sound Design (Winter 2020)
  • CAMS 320: Sound Studies Seminar (Spring 2020)
Profile updated August 5, 2019

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