William McBride

Associate Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Film, Drama, Cultural Theory, Biblical Hermeneutics, Art Criticism/Aesthetics, Online Pedagogy, Children's Literature, Global Literature
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Film Style, Midrash, Queer Theory, Writing & Violence, African-American Studies, Hitchcock, The Culture Industry, Coming of Age, Monotheism
  • Ph D - 1989
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MA - 1984
  • University of Delaware
  • BA - 1981
  • University of Delaware
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  •  “She's Not There: Shallow Focus on Privacy, Surveillance and the Emerging Techno-mediated Modes of Being in Spike Jonze's Her.” Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves. Eds.  Susan Flynn, Antonia Mackay, Palgrave-McMillan, 2017.

  •  “Dutchman Heaped in Modern Cinema.” MLA Approaches to Teaching Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman. Eds.  Gerald Early & Matthew Calihman. MLA, forthcoming in 2018.

  • “Stylized Moments—Student Engagement & Participation in an Asynchronous Online University Film Course.” Handbook of Research on Strategic Management of Interaction, Presence, and Participation in Online Courses. IGI Global 2015. Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID) Book Series. Eds Lydia Kyei-Blankson, Esther Ntuli. IGI Global, PA 2015. ISBN13: 9781466695825


  •  “Hitchcock’s Stylized Capture of Post-Adolescent Fatheads.” Children in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock.  Ed. Debbie Olson. McMillan-Palgrave, 2014, pp 237-263.
     

  • “Le Rouge et le Noir et le Blanc: Niki Hoeky’s Cajun Chiasm of Indian Masking and Native Funk.” Creoles, Diasporas and Cosmopolitanisms: The Creolization of Nations, Cultural Migrations, Global Languages and Literatures. Ed. David Gallagher. Academica Press 2012, pp. 67-82.

  • “Call It Magic Surgery: Possessing Members, Possessing Texts/Circumcision & Midrash.” Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture. Biblical Interpretation Series 98.  Ed. Roberta Sabbath.  Brill Press 2009, pp. 245-55.

  • “Figura Preserves: History (in) Ajar."  Maps and Mirrors: Topologies of Art and Politics.  Ed. Steve Martinot. Northwestern University Press, 2001, pp. 8-15.

  • “What It Is! The Mothership Connection.”  The UFO Show. University Galleries.  2000, pp. 38-71.

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • “Chuck Berry Drew Influences From Musical Melting Pot” discussing the historical and cultural impact of black rock progenitor Chuck Berry, interviewed by Mike McCurdy on WGLT’s Sound Ideas, April 4, 2017. http://wglt.org/post/chuck-berry-drew-influences-musical-melting-pot
  • Curator, Normal Theater’s Spring Six Week Film School, “Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Style, ” Shadow of a Doubt 2/1, Notorious 2/8, Strangers on a Train 2/15, Vertigo 2/22, Psycho 3/1, The Birds 2/8. 2017

  • “Hitchcock Pitches `Curve Balls’ During Film Festival,” promoting Six Week Film School, Alfred Hitchcock-Master of Style, interviewed by Mike McCurdy on WGLT’s Sound Ideas, Feb 1, 2017. http://wglt.org/post/hitchock-pitches-curve-balls-during-film-festival#stream/0
  • Interviewed on WJBC’s The Steve Fast Show promoting Six Week Film School, Alfred Hitchcock-Master of Style, Jan 29, 2017. https://audioboom.com/posts/5547371-william-mcbride-1-29-17?t=0
  • “Why Stories Matter: Overcoming Oppression and Celebrating Diversity through Narrative,” panelist, Illinois State University’s Culturally Responsive Campus Community (CRCC) Conference, Uniting to Challenge Systems of Oppression, Old Main Room/Bone Student Center, October 25, 2016.

  • Curator, Normal Theater’s Fall Six Week Film School, “Film Noirs: Visual Style & Fortune,” The Maltese Falcon 9/21, Double Indemnity 9/28, Murder My Sweet, 10/12 The Postman Always Rings Twice 10/26, Out of the Past 11/9, Chinatown 11/16. 2016

  • “Femme Fatales Fail In Film Fest,” promoting Normal Theater’s Fall Six Week Film School, “Film Noirs: Visual Style & Fortune,” interviewed by Mike McCurdy on WGLT’s Sound Ideas, Sep 21, 2016. http://wglt.org/post/femme-fatales-fail-film-fest#stream/0
  • “Bogie & Bowie: The Quintessential Film Noir Anti-Hero & The Iconic Queer Pop Artist Hero.” “Wild Heroes: Media, Society, and the Need for Narrative” panel. The International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media. Palmer House, Chicago, IL. July 7, 2016.

  • Post-screening discussion with Rick Valentin of Alphaville (Godard 1965) as part of Arts Tech Film Festival. Normal Theater, Normal, IL. April 20, 2016.

  • “`Who Told Thee That Thou Wast Naked?’ Troubling Nakedness and Knowing in the Tanak, New Testament, and the Qu’ran.” Sacred Aporia: Troubling Topics in Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an. American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. March 19, 2016.

  • Host, post-screening discussion following Hitchcock/Truffaut (Jones 2015) Normal Theater, Normal, IL. March 13, 2016.

  • “Bowie's 'Changes' Will Continue To Keep Fans,” remarks upon the career of the late David Bowie, interviewed by Mike McCurdy on WGLT’s Sound Ideas, Jan 14, 2016. http://wglt.org/post/bowies-changes-will-continue-keep-fans#stream/0
  • “Connecting the Dots 3 Years On Teaching an Online Film Course & Textbook,” Connecting the Dots for Effective Online Instruction panel, William Thomas McBride Chair. 2016 Teaching & Learning Symposium, Imagining the Future Reflecting on the Past. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Normal, Il, January 6, 2016.

  • Pride & Prejudice Post-Production Panel Discussion. William Thomas McBride chair, with Director Lori Adams, Brian Rejack, assistant professor of English, and Thomas Burr, associate professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department. Illinois State University’s Center for Performing Arts March 29 2015,

  • "`She's Not There': Shallow Focus on Emerging Techno-Mediated Modes of Being in Spike Jonze's Her,” Dolls & Dummies panel, Christophe Koné, chair. American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. March 27, 2015.

  • "Who's Afraid of . . . Oh Snap! Mapping Black Swish Snapping As It Comes Full Circle." Queer Disruptions, Alternative Masculinities. Going to the Territory: Cultural Geographies of Ethnic American Literature. The 28th Annual Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference  & The Ralph Ellison Centennial Symposium. March 8, 2014, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  • "Hitchcock's Last Laugh—Murnau's Entfesselte Kamera and American Paraphilia." Global Hitchcock. Seminar Organizer, David Greven; Chair: William Thomas McBride.  2014 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, New York University, New York City, NY. March 21-22, 2014.

  • "Sfumato, Synthesthesia, Spirit: Stoned Theory & Practice." Disorientation Seminar. Global Positioning Systems.  American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada.  April 5, 2013.