New books by FTT faculty span Germany, Hollywood

Author: Julie Hail Flory


Two faculty members in the University of Notre Dames Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) have recently published books highlighting the diverse topics of German womens writing and Hollywood opinion polls.

  • Performance and Femininity in Eighteenth-Century German Womens Writing: The Impossible Actby Wendy Arons, assistant professor of FTT, was published last month by Palgrave Macmillan as part of its Studies in Theatre and Performance History series. In the book, Arons examines a series of texts by 18 th century German women to highlight the ways theater and performance were used to explore female subjectivity and femininity during that era.

p. Aronsteaching and research focus on 18 th and 19 th century theater history, 20 th century German theater, feminist theory and acting theory. She directs FTT student productions for the Notre Dame mainstage season and has translated several plays from German to English.

  • George Gallup inHollywood,by Susan Ohmer, William and Helen Kuhn Assistant Professor of Modern Communication, was published this month by Columbia University Press. In her examination of the film industrys use of opinion polling in the 1930s and ‘40s, Ohmer utilizes interviews and extensive research to examineGallups comprehensive approach to market research and some of the issues illuminated by the results of his polls.

p. Ohmers teaching concentrates on film and television inU.S.culture and her research focuses on the history and use of market research in media organizations. Her work has appeared in such journals as Film History and the Journal of Film and Video. **

* Contact: * _Chris Sopczynski, FTT outreach specialist, 574-631-0457,

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