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Will Scheibel

Will Scheibel

Assistant Professor,

431 Hall of Languages


Will Scheibel is a member of the Film & Screen Studies faculty in the Department of English and also serves as Advising Faculty for the Goldring Arts Journalism Program in the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He researches and writes about Hollywood cinema from the studio and post–World War II eras. More specifically, his interests lie in the ways stardom and performance, authorship, and representation articulate relationships between the culture of mid-twentieth century modernity and classical film genres and aesthetics. As author and co-editor, respectively, he has published two books on director Nicholas Ray: American Stranger (SUNY Press, 2017) and, with Steven Rybin, Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground (SUNY Press, 2014).

Currently, Professor Scheibel is writing a book under the tentative title, Out of a Misty Dream: Gene Tierney, Female Stardom, and Hollywood’s Homefront. Promoted as “the most beautiful woman in movie history,” Gene Tierney starred in films such as Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), but also became one of the first stars to battle mental illness publicly. This project examines her star-making at Twentieth Century-Fox during World War II and the immediate years that followed, while seeking to understand an alternative history of war effort and postwar trauma that defined and regulated her image across the roles of pin-up model and working-woman, war bride, maternal domestic, and female psychiatric subject.

In 2014, Professor Scheibel received a Ph.D. in Film & Media Studies from the Department of Communication & Culture at Indiana University, and he previously worked in film studies at Northern Illinois University (M.A., 2008) and the University of Iowa (B.A., 2006). He has taught at Syracuse University since 2015.

Research and Teaching Interests

Film history and criticism; film and media theory; Hollywood cinema from the studio and postwar eras; genres and aesthetics; star/performance studies; director studies; identity, difference, and representation; American modernism, modernity, and mass culture.

Recent Courses

Undergraduate Courses
Interpretation of Film (ETS 154)
American Cinema: From Beginnings to Present (ETS 170)
Hollywood Directors of the 1950s (ETS 320)
Film Noir/Noir Cultures (ETS 340)
Performance & Stardom in Classical Hollywood (ETS 420)
Latinos in Cinema (ETS 450)

Graduate Courses
Classical Hollywood Cinema (ENG 630)
American Film Melodrama (ENG 730)

Project Advance
So Old, It’s New: Mediating Classical Hollywood Through Contemporary Popular Culture