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Evan Torner

Evan Torner

Ph.D. Candidate
Film Studies Certificate Candidate
College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean's Fellow, 2010-2011
Fulbright Research Fellow (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen), 2009-2010
Graduate Assistant (DEFA Film Library), 2006-2009

Contact Information

Location: Herter Hall 510
Phone:
Email: etorner[at]german.umass.edu
http://guyintheblackhat.wordpress.com/
Twitter: guyinblackhat

Education

M.A. 2008, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. 2004, Grinnell College

Research Interests

DEFA cinema; Gojko Mitic and the Indianerfilm; Uwe Boll; transnational European film history; 19th - 21st Century genre fiction across literature, comics, and new media; film philosophy; race and social theory; game studies; teaching methods

Dissertation in Progress

"The Race-Time Continuum: Race Projection in DEFA Genre Cinema" – An examination of how race and allusions to the Third World function within film temporalities of East German westerns, musicals and science fiction from 1960 - 1979.

Professional Organizations

German Studies Association
Society of Cinema and Media Studies
Film and History
American Association of Teachers of German

Recent Courses

German 110 - Elementary German I
German 120 - Elementary German II
German 297E - The Fantastic (Scheduled for Summer Session 2011)
German 304 - From Berlin to Hollywood

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

(With Victoria Lenshyn, ed.) MYTH: German & Scandinavian Studies. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

Articles

"The Red and the Black: Race in the DEFA Film Osceola." in: New German Review. Vol. 25. Berkeley, CA: UCLA Press, 2011. (forthcoming).

"Rassenpanik in naher Zukunft: Die nihilistische Moderne und imperialistische Sittenlehre in Carola von Eynattens Pereat Austria!" in: Christian Meierhofer, hrsg. Literatur und Wissenschaft zwischen 1850 und 1910 im Fokus aktueller Theoriebildung. http://www.germanistik.ch. 2011. (forthcoming)

"The Poles of Wantonness: Asexuality in Alan Moore's Film Adaptations" in: Todd Comer, Joseph Sommers, eds. Lost Loves: Why Men and Women Make It (or Don't) in the Work of Alan Moore. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2011 (forthcoming)

"A Future-History Out of Time: The Historical Context of Döblin's Expressionist Dystopian Experiment, Mountains Oceans and Giants." in: Bruce Campbell et al., ed. German Genre Fiction. Publisher unspecified, 2010. (forthcoming)

"The Theory and Practice of Larp in Non-Fiction Film" in: Thomas Duus Henriksen, et al., eds. Think LARP. Copenhagen: Rollespilakademiet, 2011.

"Transnational System Schlock: The Case of Uwe Boll." in kunsttexte. Ausgabe 2/2010. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität, 2010. Available at: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/kunsttexte/2010-2/torner-evan-2/PDF/torner.pdf

"Civilization's Endless Shadow: Time of the Wolf." in Roy Grundmann, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Michael Haneke. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2010.

"The Cinematic Defeat of Brecht by Artaud in Peter Brook's Marat/Sade," EDGE - A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies. 1.1 2010. Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/edge/vol1/iss1/1

"To the End of a Universe - A Brief History of the DEFA Science Fiction Film" in From Weimar to Christiania, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

Reference

"Jugendzeitschriften der 50er Jahre" in Elena Agazzi and Henning Wrage, eds. Kultur im Wiederaufbau. Ein Handbuch der 50er Jahre. Berlin: De Gruyter 2010. (forthcoming)

"The German Adventure Film" in: Michelle Langford, ed. The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011. (forthcoming)

"The German Fantastic Film" in: Michelle Langford, ed. The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011. (forthcoming)

"Krabat (2008)" in: Michelle Langford, ed. The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011. (forthcoming)

"Tecumseh (1972)" in: Michelle Langford, ed. The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011. (forthcoming)

"The Tiger of Eschnapur / The Indian Tomb (1959)" in: Michelle Langford, ed. The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011. (forthcoming)

"Faust (1926)" in: Michelle Langford, ed. The Directory of World Cinema: Germany. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011. (forthcoming)

Reviews

"Vision - Aus dem Leben von Hildegard von Bingen" (Film Review) H-German Reviews. 2011. <http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=32228>

"Film im Sozialismus - Die DEFA" (Book Review) H-German Reviews. 2010. <http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=31025>

"After the Digital Divide? - German Aesthetic Theory in the Age of New Media" (Book Review) Focus on German Studies. 2010

"Die Zeit der Kunst" (Book Review) German Quarterly. 83.4 October 2010.

Select Translations and Subtitles

Haneke, Michael "Violence and the Media." in Roy Grundmann, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Michael Haneke. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2010.

Aaron the Kung Fu Warrior (2011). Translation and subtitles. Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany: ZDF, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf," 2011

Adventures of Werner Holt. (1965) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2009.

Divided Heaven. (1963) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2009.

Kuhle Wampe. (1932) Subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2008.

Till Eulenspiegel. (1974) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2008.

Jadup and Boel. (1980) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2008.

The Woman and the Stranger. (1985) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2008.

Goya. (1971) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2008.

Who was Edgar Allan? (1984) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2007.

"Shortcut to Istanbul," "Far from Klein Wanzleben," "What Every Man Must Do," "Train in the Distance," and "Consequence - Peter, Age 25" on DVD of The Short Films of Andreas Dresen. (1987-1990) Translation and subtitles. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library, 2007.