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David E. James

David E. James is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Allegories of Cinema: American Film in the Sixties (1989), Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture (1996), and The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (2006), and articles and reviews in PMLA, October, Social Text, Representations, Film Quarterly, the Minnesota Review, Grey Room, Art Forum, and other journals and periodicals. He also edited To Free the Cinema: Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground (1992), The Hidden Foundation: Cinema and the Question of Class (1996), Im Kwon-Taek: The Making Of a Korean National Cinema (2002), The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in LA (2003), Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker (2006), and Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs (2011), His teaching and research interests currently focus on avant-garde cinema, culture in Los Angeles, East-Asian cinema, film and music, and working-class culture.


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