Eleni Palis joined our department this year as an assistant professor of cinema studies. Before arriving in Knoxville, she received her PhD in English literature, concentrating in cinema and media studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research deals with the intersections of classical (or 1915-1950) Hollywood and post-classical American cinema.
Palis’s current project, “Theorizing Film Quotation: Re-Membering Classical Hollywood in Contemporary American Cinema,” defines film quotation as the practice of contemporary American filmmakers reusing (or quoting) classical Hollywood film fragments in their movies. This practice, she argues, demonstrates the intricate relationship between film authorship and the cinematic archive since the 1950s and 1960s. Film quotation is also an important precursor to meme culture, remixes, and other elements of today’s digital media.
As a member of the English department, Palis will teach introduction to film studies, film history courses spanning early cinema, classical Hollywood, and contemporary film cultures, and upper-level courses on American film genre, theory, adaptation, and the representation of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality onscreen. She will also play an important role in UT’s cinema studies program.