Martin Norden

N320 Integrative Learning Center
413 545-0598

My research interests fall under the general heading of "film and society." These interests, which overlap to some extent, include the film representation of people with physical disabilities, the film/TV construction of evil, early women filmmakers and their productions, selected Disney films, and vintage horror films. My work has been published in such journals as Journal of Film and Video, Wide Angle, Film & History, Film Criticism, Leonardo, Paradoxa, Offscreen, and Millennium Film Journal and in numerous anthologies and encyclopedias. Virtually all of my scholarly work has addressed various intersections of film and society from historical perspectives.


PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Introduction to Film Studies; History of Film I; History of Film II; Screenwriting; Film and Society. Graduate: Cinema as a Social Force; Film and History


"'You're a Surprise from Every Angle': Disability, Identity, and Otherness in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame,in Diversity in Disney Films: Critical Essays on Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Disability, ed. Johnson Cheu. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.

"'A Journey Through the Wonderland of Mathematics': Donald in Mathmagic Land," in Learning From Mickey, Donald, and Walt: Essays on Disney's Edutainment Films, ed. Bowden Van Riper. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.

"Villainy, Disability, and the Moving Image," in Framing Evil: Portraits of Terror and the Imagination, eds. Nancy Billias and Agnes Curry. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2008.

The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television.  Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2007.

"'A Jolly Club of the Maimed': Disability and Community in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon," in Mediated Deviance and Social Otherness: Interrogating Influential Representation, ed. Kylo-Patrick Hart.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

"The Theo-Political Landscape of Matewan," in Sayles Talk: New Perspectives on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles, eds. Diane Carson and Heidi Kenaga.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2006.

"Reproductive Freedom, Revisionist History, Restricted Cinema: The Strange Case of Margaret Sanger and Birth Control," in Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media, ed. Lester Friedman. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

The Cinema of Isolation: A History of Physical Disability in the Movies. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1994. Other editions: audio book (Princeton: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc., 1994), Spanish translation (Madrid: Escuela Libre Editorial/Fundacion ONCE, 1998), Braille edition (Toronto: Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 2006), Japanese translation (Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, forthcoming).

Current Projects: 

Lois Weber: Interviews; "American Narrative Films and Disability: An Uneasy History"; "Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July: Production and Assessment of a Turbulent Text."  I am also at work on a book on Dorothy Arzner, one of the extremely few women to direct Hollywood films during the 1930s and 40s.