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Graduate Faculty

Eleni PalisEleni Palis

Assistant Professor

210 McClung Tower


Eleni Palis is an assistant professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Tennessee. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of English, concentrating in Cinema and Media Studies. Her work focuses on the intersections between classical and post-classical American cinema, race and gender in contemporary American cinema, adaptation, genre theory, and videographic criticism.

Prof. Palis is currently working on an academic monograph that theorizes a new term, “film quotation,” for the reuse of classical Hollywood film fragments within mainstream post-classical American cinema, arguing that film quotation is a constitutive element of post-classical authorship. This project ties scholarship on avant-garde traditions—like found-footage films, films composed of archival footage, and videographic criticism, video essays hosted online—to mainstream manifestations.

Her work has appeared in Cinema Journal, [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, Audiovisualcy: Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, and Oxford Bibliographies Online. An article, “Reconsidering Race, Authorship, and Film Quotation in Post-Classical Cinema” is forthcoming from Screen.


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania