Adrienne McLean

Professor - Arts And Humanities
amclean@utdallas.edu
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Film Studies and American Studies
Emory University, Institute of the Liberal Arts - 1994
M.F.A. - Dance, Dance History
Southem Methodist University, Dallas, Texas - 1981
B.A. - Art History, minors in American History, Dance
Southem Methodist University, Dallas, Texas - 1979

Research Areas

Areas of Specialization

Film history and theory; women and film; classical Hollywood cinema; stars and star images; dance history.

Publications

“Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable: Pinned Up.” In What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, forthcoming). forthcoming - Publication
Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema, series eds. Adrienne L. McLean and Murray Pomerance (Rutgers University Press). Ten volumes, contracted 2006; four volumes published (2009 and 2010), two in press (2011), four forthcoming. forthcoming - Publication
"If Only They Had Meant to Make a Comedy: Laughing at Black Swan." In The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema, Murray Pomerance, ed. (Wayne State University Press, 2013). 2013 - Publication
Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2008; second printing 2011). Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2008. 2011 - Publication
Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, Adrienne L. McLean, ed. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2011). 2011 - Publication
"If Only They Had Meant to Make a Comedy: Laughing at Black Swan." In The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema, Murray Pomerance, ed. (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming). "Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth: Pinned Up." In What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2011). 2011 - Publication
"Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth: Pinned Up." In What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2011). 2011 - Publication
“Flirting with Terpsichore: Dance, Class, and Entertainment in 1930s Film Musicals.” In The Sound of Musicals, Steven Cohan, ed. (London: BFI/Palgrave, 2010), 67-81. 2010 - Publication
Movie Star Looks: Makeup and Hair in the Studio Era (Rutgers University Press, contracted 2010). 2010 - Publication
“What a Swell Party This Was: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra.” In Larger than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s, R. Barton Palmer, ed. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2010), 220-244. 2010 - Publication

Appointments

Professor
UTD [2008–Present]
School of Arts and Humanities
Visiting Professor
Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia [2006–2018]
Associate Professor
UTD [2004–2008]
School of Arts and Humanities
Assistant Professor, tenure-track
UTD [1998–2004]
School of Arts and Humanities
Visiting Assistant Professor
Emory University [1995–1998]
Lecturer
Emory University [1994–1995]
Instructor
Georgia Institute of Technology [1994–1995]
Dean's Teaching Fellow
Emory University [1993–1994]
Teaching assistant and instructor
Emory University [1991–1993]
Instructor
Southern Methodist University [1977–1981]

Projects

The Tabloid Muse: Theorizing Hollywood Scandal
1998–1998 Society for Cinema Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, California, April 1998. Panel organizer and chair.
Charisma and the Female in Gilda and The Lady from Shanghai
1991–1991 International Graduate Student Conference, Texts, Lies and Stereotypes, Emory University, May 1991.
Taller, Leggier, and Bustier: Gender, Stardom, and Shapeshifting in the X-Files Franchise
2001–2001 Society for Cinema Studies Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2001. Panel organizer and co-chair.
Marking New Territory: What Can Happen to a Film When You Hurt the Dog.
2010–2010 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, March 2010.
Alone in a Vast Field: Your Subject Matter, the Matter of Your Subject, Does Your Subject Matter
2010–2010 Workshop participant,“Writing About Film.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, March 2010.

Additional Information

Personal Statement

In 2011, Professor Adrienne L. McLean published her fourth book for Rutgers University Press, Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, which is an entry in the ten-volume series that she co-edits, Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema. Other books include Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema (2008, selected as a Choice outstanding academic title) and Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom (2004), now in its second printing. She is currently working on a collection on dogs and film, Cinematic Canines, as well as a book on makeup and hairdressing in the studio era. 

In addition to book projects, Professor McLean has continued to produce original essays for publication. Recent work includes "Flirting with Terpsichore: Dance, Class, and Entertainment in 1930s Film Musicals," in The Sound of Musicals, Steven Cohan, ed. (2011); "Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable: Pinned Up," in What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (2011); "What a Swell Party This Was: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra," in Larger than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s, R. Barton Palmer, ed. (2010); "Putting 'Em Down Like a Man: Eleanor Powell and the Spectacle of Competence," in Hetero: Queering Representations of Straightness, Sean Griffin, ed. (2009); "Wedding Bells Ring, Storks Are Expected, the Rumours Aren't True, Divorce Is the Only Answer: Stardom and Fan-Magazine Family Life in 1950s Hollywood," in A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home, Murray Pomerance, ed. (2008).

Dr. McLean routinely supports her field through the production of book and manuscript reviews for University of California Press, SUNY Press, Rutgers University Press, Wayne State University Press and others, and serves as a peer reviewer for numerous film journals. She also is regularly asked to contribute information for use in newspaper articles and in other mass-media programming about a wide range of film topics. In order to share and to hone her scholarly work in its formative stages, Professor McLean presents peer-reviewed papers at academic conferences annually.

Honors and Awards
  • Robert De Niro Fellowship, Ransom Center, University of Texas, 2011-2012.
  • Victor Worsfold Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of Arts and Humanities, UTD, 2001.
  • Sigma Nu Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Emory College, Emory University, 1997.
  • First Place, Society for Cinema Studies Student Writing Competition, 1992.
  • Ball Brothers Foundation Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library, University of Indiana, 1992.
  • Algur H. Meadows Fellowship in Dance, Southern Methodist University, 1979-1981.

News Articles

Film Professor Chronicles Legacy of Classic Hollywood Musicals
A UT Dallas professor joined film scholars on a three-year project that focused on classic Hollywood musicals far from the spotlight of Tinseltown.

Dr. Adrienne McLean, professor of film studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, was part of Musical MC2: The Hollywood Film Musical in Its Mediatic and Cultural Context, a project that met twice a year at conferences in Paris, France. The participants — film scholars and students from the U.S., Great Britain and France — discussed topics such as “Stars of Hollywood Musicals,” “The Film Musical in the History of Technologies” and “The Politics of Hollywood Musicals.”
Film Studies Professor is Author of Several Books
Professor Adrienne L. McLeanspecializes in film history and theory, women and film, classical Hollywood cinema, television history, stars and star images and dance history.

Recently, her canine and film worlds have fruitfully collided in her anthology Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film(Rutgers University Press), which is being published this month.
Film Studies Professor is Author of Several Books
Professor Adrienne L. McLeanspecializes in film history and theory, women and film, classical Hollywood cinema, television history, stars and star images and dance history.

Recently, her canine and film worlds have fruitfully collided in her anthology Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film(Rutgers University Press), which is being published this month.