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Jane M. Gaines, Professor of Literature & English

Jane M. Gaines
Contact Info:
Jane resigned from her position at Duke effective 12/31/08.
Office Location:  104 Crowell Bldg
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 3196
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Ph.D.Northwestern University1982
M.A.Northwestern University1971
B.S.Northwestern University1968

Film Theory & History
Film Studies
American Mass & Popular Culture
Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies
Research Interests: Film Theory and Feminism, Intellectual Property

Current projects: Women in the International Silent Film Industry, Documentary Theory, Film Historiography, Narrative Theory, American Literature Issue: Repetition, Reproduction

Founder of the Program in Film/Video/Digital and founder of the Duke in Los Angeles Program. Most recently, Professor Gaines won the Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for Fire and Desire: Mixed- Blood Movies in the Silent Era (University of Chicago Press, 2001). This is the second time she has won, receiving the award for Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law (University of North Carolina Press, 1991). In November, 2001, she received the coveted Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholarly Award for her forthcoming book on early cinema, Fictioning Histories: Women Film Pioneers (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). She is currently co-editing an issue of American Literature on new technologies: "The Three Rs of Critical Theory: Repetition, Reproduction, Representation." For 2003-04 Professor Gaines was on leave at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Areas of Interest:

Intellectual Property Law
Film history
Film theory
New Technologies
Critical race theory
Mass culture


Intellectual Property Law • Feminism • Film history • Film theory • Critical race theory • Mass culture • Cinema • Film • New Technologies • Silent cinema

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Representative Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Jane M. Gaines, The Documentary Destiny of Cinema (2009)  [author's comments]
    2. Jane M. Gaines, Fictioning Histories: Women Film Pioneers (2009), University of Illinois Press
    3. Jane M. Gaines, Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law (forthcoming)
    4. Jane M. Gaines, Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era (2001), University of Chicago Press
    5. with Pearl Bowser and Charles Musser, eds., Oscar Micheaux and His Circle: African American Filmmaking and Race Cinema of the Silent Era (2001), Indiana University Press
    6. Jane M. Gaines and Michael Renov, eds., Collecting Visible Evidence (1999), University of Minnesota Press
    7. Jane M. Gaines, editor, Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (1992), Duke University Press
    8. with Jane M. Gaines and Monica Dall' Asta, Women Film Pioneers: An International Sourcebook (Europe, Canada, Asia), vol. II (forthcoming), University of Illinois Press  [author's comments]
    9. J.M. Gaines, First Fictions, Signs, vol. 30 no. 1 (Fall, 2004), pp. 1293 - 1317  [author's comments]
    10. J.M. Gaines, Sexual Semiosis, Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, vol. 11 (Spring, 2004), pp. 55 - 67  [author's comments]
    11. J.M. Gaines, Early Cinema's Heyday of Copying, Cultural Studies, vol. 20 no. 2 - 3 (Accepted, June, 2006), pp. 227 - 244
    12. J.M. Gaines, In and Out of Race, Women and Performance, vol. 29 (Accepted, December, 2005)  [author's comments]
    13. Jane M. Gaines, Machines That Make the Body Do Things, in More Dirty Looks, edited by Pamela Church-Gibson (Fall, 2003), British Film Institute

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