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Leo Braudy

University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and Professor of English and History

Contact Information
E-mail: braudy@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3751
Office: THH 447

 

Education

  • B.A. , Swarthmore College, 1963
  • M.A. , Yale University, 1965
  • Ph.D. , Yale University, 1967

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • University Professor, University of Southern California, 07/01/1997-  
    • Leo S. Bing Professor of English, University of Southern California, 07/01/1985-  
    • Professor, University of Southern California, 07/01/1983-06/30/1985  
    • Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 07/01/1976-06/30/1983  
    • Professor of Cinema Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1974-1980  
    • Professor, Columbia University, 07/01/1973-06/30/1976  
    • Visiting Professor of English, Yale University, Spring 1975   
    • Associate Professor, Columbia University, 07/01/1970-06/30/1973  
    • Assistant Professor, Columbia University, 07/01/1968-06/30/1970  
    • Instructor, Yale University, 08/31/1966-06/30/1968  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    He is among America's leading film critics. Braudy, a frequent finalist for national book awards, teaches Restoration literature and history, American culture after World War Two, popular culture and critical theory, including the histories of visual style and film genres. His work appears in journals such as American Film, Film Quarterly, Genre, Novel, Partisan Review, and Prose Studies- to name a few. His book Jean Renoir: The World of His Films was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Harper's. His most recent book, From Chivalry to Terrorism, was named Best of the Best by the Los Angeles Times and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

    Publications


    Book
    • Braudy, L. (2011). The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press.
    • Braudy, Leo; Cohen, Marshall (Ed.). (2008). Film Theory and Criticism, Introductory Readings, 7th edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (2008). From Chivalry to Terrorism, Spanish language translation. Mexico City: Oceano.
    • Braudy, L. (2008). From Chivalry to Terrorism, Korean translation. Seoul: Samin Publishing Co..
    • Braudy, L. (2007). From Chivalry to Terrorism, Chinese translation. Beijing: The Oriental Press.
    • Braudy, L. (2005). On The Waterfront. London, Berkeley: British Film Institute/University of California Press.
    • Braudy, Leo; Cohen, Marshall (Ed.). (2004). Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, 6th edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (2003). From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity. New York: Alfred Knopf.
    • Braudy, L. (2003). The Plot of Time. Los Angeles, CA: Figueroa Press.
    • Braudy, L. (2002). The World in a Frame: What We See in Films, 25th Anniversary edition. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
    • Braudy, L., Cohen, M. (1998). Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, 5th edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (1997). The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History. New York, NY: Vintage.
    • Braudy, Leo; Cohen, Marshall (Ed.). (1992). Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, 4th edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (1989). Jean Renoir: The World of his Films, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (1986). The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (1984). The World in a Frame: What We See in Films, 2d edition. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
    • Braudy, Leo; Dickstein, Morris (Ed.). (1979). Great Film Directors. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (1976). The World in a Frame: What We See in Films. New York, NY: Doubleday.
    • Braudy, L. (1972). Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
    • Braudy, L. (1972). Norman Mailer: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
    • Braudy, L. (1972). Jean Renoir: The World of His Films. New York, NY: Doubleday.
    • Braudy, L. (1970). Narrative Form in History and Fiction: Hume, Fielding, and Gibbon (1970). Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

    Book Chapter
    • Braudy, L. (2012). "Photography Changes the Way We Represent Ourselves and See Others". Photography Changes Everything New York, NY: Aperture/Smithsonian.
    • Braudy, L. (2010). 'The Director, That Miserable Son of a Bitch': Kazan, Viva Zapata, and the Problem of Authority. Kazan Revisited Wesleyan University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (2010). Secular Anointings: Fame, Celebrity, and Charisma in the First Century of Mass Culture. New York, New York: Berghahn, New York University Press.
    • Braudy, L. (2010). "Los Angeles Cultures and Communities". Oxford: Blackwell's.
    • Braudy, L. (2008). "Leo Braudy's Favorite Moments of Horror vs. Terror in Film. New York, NY: HarperColins.

    Essay
    • Braudy, L. (2011). "Knowing the Performer from the Performance: Fame, Celebrity, and Literary Studies". New York, NY. PMLA.
    • Braudy, L. (2011). "Afterword to special issue on Jean Renoir". Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Southern Review.
    • Braudy, L. (2010). "Near Dark: An Appreciation". Berkeley, California. Film Quarterly.
    • Braudy, L. (2008). "Walt Whitman and Photography". (Marvin Heiferman, Ed.). Washington, DC. Smithsonian Click!.

    Other
    • Braudy, L. (2013). Trying to be Cool: Growing Up in the 1950s. Asahina & Wallace.
    • Braudy, L. (2013). The Highbrow Populist: George Plimpton on Film. Los Angeles Review of Books.
    • Braudy, L. (2011). "The Time of Our Lives" [on Christian Marclay’s The Clock],. Los Angeles Review of Books.
    • Kitchen, E., Braudy, L. (2010). Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages. powerHouse Books.
    • Braudy, L. (1992). Native Informant: Essays on Film, Fiction and Popular Culture (1992). Oxford University Press.


    Honors and Awards

    • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, Fellow, 2010-  
    • USC University Professor, 2001-  
    • USC Endowed Chair, Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature, 1986-  
    • Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award for From Chivalry to Terrorism, 2004  
    • 'War and Masculinity' listed as one of ten "Best of the Best" by Los Angeles Times Book Review, 2003  
    • 'War and Masculinity' listed under Notable Books by the New York Times Book Review, 2003  
    • USC Presidential Medallion, 1994  
    • Visiting Writer, American Academy, Rome, Spring 1991   
    • Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Reognition Award for the Frenzy of Renown, Spring 1987   
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, NEH Senior Research Fellowship, 1978-1979   
    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1974-1975   
    • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, Grant-in-Aid, 1973-1974   

    Service to the University

    Committees
    • Member, Provost's Humanities Advisory Committee, 2011-  
    • Member, University Club Board of Directors, 2010-2013  
    • Chair, University Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure, 07/01/2008-06/30/2013  
    • Member, University Committee on Academic Review, 2008-2012  


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