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Eleni Palis

Eleni Palis

Assistant Professor


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


“Two Irises: Victims of the Actor Auteur,” [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies 6.1 (2019).

Palis, Eleni. “The Economics and Politics of Auteurism: Spike Lee and Do the Right Thing,” Cinema Journal 57.2 (2018): 1-21.

Palis, Eleni; Corrigan, Timothy. “Auteurism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Palis, Eleni. “Re-membering the Past in the Present,” epigraphic video essay featured on Audiovisualcy: Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, curated by Catherine Grant.

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