Eric Dienstfrey researches the history of the film and sound media industries, specifically how new technology can both disrupt and reinforce an industryâ€™s stylistic practices. His work has appeared in JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Film History, Music and the Moving Image, and the anthology Voicing the Cinema. His 2016 article â€śThe Myth of the Speakersâ€ť won the 2017 Katherine Singer KovĂˇcs Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies.
Before joining the faculty at Ursinus, Eric taught at Catholic University, University of Arizona, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently writing a book for University of California Press, titled Making Stereo Fit, about the history of surround sound in movie theaters.
â€˘ B.A., Washington University in Saint Louis
â€˘ M.A. & Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Introduction to Film
Global Art Cinema
Film and Emotions
History of Blockbusters
Common Intellectual Experience
East Asian Cinema
Middle Eastern Cinema
â€śA New Medium for Studios: The Transition to Magnetic Tape, 1946 to 1952.â€ť Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (forthcoming).
â€śUnder the Standard: MGM, AT&T, and the Academyâ€™s Regulation of Power.â€ť JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 59, no. 3 (2020): 23â€“45. (Project Muse)
â€śMonocentrism, or Soundtracks in Space: Rediscovering Forbidden Planetâ€™s Multi-Speaker Release.â€ť In Voicing the Cinema: Film Music and the Integrated Soundtrack, edited by James Buhler and Hannah Lewis, 229â€“44. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2020. (Project Muse, JSTOR)
â€śThe Myth of the Speakers: A Critical Reexamination of Dolby History.â€ť Film History 28, no. 1 (2016): 167â€“193. (Project Muse, JSTOR)