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James J. Fiumara, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office Location: 1051 NP, 101
Phone: (303) 556-5676
Fax: (303) 556-2959
Office Hours: T R 2:00-3:00, or by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Film history, American cinema and Hollywood, film genres, early and silent cinema


Education & Degrees

PhD, English & Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania

MA, English, Temple University

BS, Liberal Arts, Portland State University


James Fiumara studied film and literature at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching and scholarly interests include film aesthetics, the history of Hollywood, genre film (horror, film noir, crime thriller), silent-era cinema, and the relationship between film and other cultural entertainments of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (e.g., carnivals, fairgrounds, dime museums, vaudeville).

He has published on the avant-garde animation of the Quay Brothers and is currently researching and writing a book-length project on the history of horror cinema that rethinks the origins of the horror film through its intersections with 19th and early 20th century forms of popular entertainment (carnivals, fairgrounds, dime museums) and vernacular science (from popular science lectures to natural history museums and World’s Fairs). His book project is tentatively entitled Grotesque Attractions: Popular Entertainment, Vernacular Science, and the Origins of the Horror Film.​

Select Publications

“The Thirteenth Freak Month: The Influence of Bruno Schulz on the Brothers Quay.”
Kinoeye: New Perspectives on European Film, Vol.4, Issue 5 (November 2004).​​​

Courses Taught

ENGL 2250: Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL 3075: Horror Film
ENGL 4770/5770: Post-Classical Hollywood