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Ramona Curry

Ramona Curry

Contact Information

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217- 244-1665

Current Courses

Engl/Cine 273: American Cinema Since 1950
Engl/Cine 373: Magical Empire: The Disney Phenomenon from Aesthetic, Cultural and Economic Perspectives
Engl/Cine/CWS 503: Historiography of Cinema

Areas of Interest

Ramona Curry teaches theories, histories, and strategies for writing about cinema and other forms of popular media and culture. Her research focuses on the trans-national sociohistorical impact of media institutions, including film stars and networks of cinema distribution and exhibition historically. She has also published extensively about German cinema and more recently written about diasporic Chinese cinema of the mid-20th century. Prof. Curry is currently writing a monograph entitled "Trading in Cultural Spaces: How Chinese Film Came to America," which takes an urban cultural geographic and historiographic approach to rewriting American cinema history “from the margins.” She has received a 2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship to complete the project, which the NEH has recognized as advancing the goals of its "We the People" initiative.


Too Much of a Good Thing: Mae West as Cultural Icon (University of Minnesota Press, 1996)

Selected Essays in Journals and Anthologies

"Bridging the Pacific with Love Eterne." China Forever: The Shaw Brothers and Diasporic Cinema. Ed. Poshek Fu. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008. 174-198.

"Reviving the History, Revising the Historiography of Female Media Pioneers." Journal of Women’s History 21.3 (2009): 188–203.

Work in Progress

Monograph: "Trading in Cultural Spaces: How Chinese FIlm Came to America"

Essay: “So quick forgotten”: Cinema Historiography and the Case of the American Immigrant Entrepreneur Benjamin Brodsky"

Cross-Campus Affiliations