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Frank Krutnik
Reader in Film Studies (Media and Film)
Subject area; Film
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Since arriving at Sussex in 2005, I have published articles and chapters on the Hollywood blacklist, the much neglected terrain of US radio, relations between stardom and labour, and the emergent field of film and media seriality studies. I am currently working on a monograph devoted to the topic of radio noir, provisionally entitled Killers on the Kilocycles: Radio/Noir. Examples of my work on this topic can also be found in several recent articles (see Publications List).


My main research interests are in film history, US cinema and popular culture, film and television, comedy, film noir, stardom, popular music, the Hollywood Left, radio broadcasting in the US (1930s-1960s), stardom, contemporary US television, seriality, and issues of cultural representation.

I would welcome applications for doctoral research in these or similar areas. I have supervised doctoral projects on studio-era Hollywood stardom, John Hughes and Hollywood cinema of the 1980s and 1990s, and contemporary US television.