- Leo Braudy
Leo Braudy (born
June 11, 1941) is University Professor and Bing Professor of English at the University of Southern California, where he teaches seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature, film history and criticism, and American culture. He has previously taught at Yale, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins University. He is best known for his cultural studiesscholarship on celebrity, masculinity, and film, and is frequently sought after for interviews on popular culture, Hollywood cinema, and the American zeitgeist of the 1950s.
Braudy was born in
Philadelphia, PA. He is the son of Edward and Zelda (Smith) Braudy; he received his B.A. from Swarthmore Collegein 1963 and his M.A. 1963 and Ph.D. 1974 from Yale University. He is married to the painter Dorothy McGahee Braudy. They live and work in Los Angeles.
Leo Braudy's books cover topics spanning literature, film, and cultural studies, often with an eye toward understanding the impact of historical context on artistic form and social construction. His books have been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and have been included among the Los Angeles Times' "Best of the Best Books of the Year" and the New York Times' "Outstanding Books of the Year." He is best known for two recent books on contemporary preoccupations: "The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and its History" (Oxford, 1986); and "From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity" (Knopf, 2003). Both books address changing cultural definitions and fascinations by analyzing historical figures and archetypes to unpack what they tell us about the periods in which they emerge.
Along with Marshall Cohen, he co-edits the widely-used anthology "Film Theory and Criticism" (Oxford, 6th ed. 2004).
His most recent book, "On the Waterfront" (British Film Institute, 2006), is a study of the film's production, the post-war values it reflects, and the controversy surrounding Elia Kazan's testimony before the
House Unamerican Activities Committee.
Film and Television Appearances
Braudy frequently appears as a commentator on popular culture, cultural history, and films on a variety of television shows, including "Crossfire", "World of Wonder", "The Maria Shriver Show", and "
The South Bank Show". A transcript of his interview with Bill Moyerson Moyers's PBSseries appeared in "The World of Ideas" (Doubleday, 1990). He has acted in John Waters' " Polyester" (1981), and Robert Kramer's underground classic "Ice" (1970).
Other film appearances include:
* "Facing the Past" (2005)—Braudy is interviewed in this featurette included in the DVD of
Elia Kazan's 1957 film " A Face in the Crowd".
* "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy" (2004)—This feature-length documentary is included with the 4-Disc
Star WarsTrilogy DVD set.
* "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" (2003)—Braudy comments as an authority on fame in this documentary about the rise and fall of disc jockey
* "Our Infatuation with Fame: Leo Braudy" (1990)—In this interview,
Bill Moyersand Leo Braudy discuss the pleasures and perils of celebrity.
* "On the Waterfront", British Film Institute Film Classics, London, 2005.
* "From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity". New York: Knopf, 2003; paperback, 2005.
* "Native Informant: Essays on Film, Fiction and Popular Culture". Oxford University Press, 1992.
* "The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History". Oxford University Press, 1986; paperback, 1987. Second edition (paperback) with a new Afterword, Vintage, 1997.
* "The World in a Frame: What We See in Films". Doubleday, 1976 (paperback, 1977); Second edition (paperback), University of Chicago, 1984; Twenty-fifth anniversary edition, 2002.
* "Jean Renoir: The World of his Films". Doubleday, 1972 (paperback, 1973; English edition, 1977); second edition, Columbia University Press, 1989.
* "Narrative Form in History and Fiction: Hume, Fielding, and Gibbon". Princeton, 1970; second edition (as "The Plot of Time", Los Angeles: Figueroa Press, 2003).
Anthologies edited and co-edited:
* "Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings" (with Marshall Cohen), sixth edition. New York: Oxford, 2004.
* "Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings" (with Marshall Cohen), fifth edition. New York: Oxford, 1998.
* "Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings" (with Gerald Mast and Marshall Cohen), fourth edition. New York: Oxford, 1992.
* "Great Film Directors: A Critical Anthology" (with Morris Dickstein). Oxford, 1979.
* "Norman Mailer: A Collection of Critical Essays." Prentice-Hall, 1972.
* "Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player: A Collection of Critical Essays." Prentice-Hall, 1972.
Original Articles and Essays in Books:
* "Dryden, Marvell and the Design of Political Poetry." In "Enchanted Ground: Reimagining John Dryden". Toronto: University of Toronto Press, December, 2004.
* Leo Braudy and Robert P. Kolker, “An Interview with Robert Altman.” Film Voices: Interviews from Post Script, ed. Gerald Duchovnay. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.
* Leo Braudy and Mark Crispin Miller, “An Interview with Sydney Pollack.” "Film Voices: Interviews from Post Script", ed. Gerald Duchovnay. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.
* "Horror," essay for "Lexikon Populäre Kultur", ed. Hans-Otto Hűgel. Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag,. 2003
* "Celebrity." In "The Encyclopedia of American Studies", 2002.
* "Entertainment: Show Biz Turns Big Biz," in "Century of Change: America in Pictures, 1900-2000", ed. Richard B. Stolley. Boston: Little, Brown, 2000.
* "Jean Renoir," "American National Biography", eds. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, 24 vols. Oxford, 1999.
* "The Genre of Nature," "Refiguring American Film Genres", ed. Nick Browne. University of California Press, 1998.
* "Afterword: Rethinking Remakes" to "Play It Again, Sam: Retakes on Remakes", eds. Andrew Horton and Stuart Y. McDougal. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1998.
* "Unturning the Century: The Missing Decade of the 1690s," "Les Fins de Siécle: English Poetry in 1590, 1690, 1790, 1890, 1990", ed. Elaine Scarry. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
* "Varieties of Literary Affection," "The Profession of Eighteenth-Century Literature: Reflections on an Institution", ed. Leo Damrosch. University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.
* "An Interview with Leo Braudy" in "Bill Moyers, A World of Ideas II". New York: Doubleday, 1990.
* "Sequel," in "The International Encyclopedia of Communications", ed. Erik Barnouw. Oxford, 1989.
* "Genre and the Resurrection of the Past," "Shadows of the Magic Lamp", ed. George E. Slusser and Eric S. Rabkin. Carbondale: University of Southern Illinois Press, 1985.
* "Succeeding in Language," "The State of the Language", eds. Leonard Michaels and Christopher Ricks. University of California, 1980.
* "Realists, Naturalists, and Novelists of Manners," "The Harvard Guide to Contemporary American Writing", ed. Daniel Hoffman, Harvard, 1979.
* "Rossellini: From Open City to General della Rovere," "Great Film Directors: A Critical Anthology", eds. Leo Braudy and Morris Dickstein, Oxford, 1979.
* "Penetration and Impenetrability in Clarissa," in "New Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Literature", ed. Phillip Harth. Columbia, 1974 (English Institute Essays).
* [http://http://leobraudy.com/ Leo Braudy's website]
* [http://blog.learcenter.org/2006/12/paranoia_and_patriotism.html “Paranoia and Patriotism” on Leo Braudy's Blog at The Lear Center]
* [http://blog.learcenter.org/2006/12/the_queens_english.html “The Queen's English” on Leo Braudy's Blog at The Lear Center]
* [http://www.randomhouse.ca/author/results.pperl?authorid=3123 Random House Author Spotlight: Leo Braudy]
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=211&eid=324§ion=essay&page=1 Braudy's introduction to the Criterion Collection edition of Ingmar Bergman's "The Silence"]
* [http://www.uscenglish.com/faculty.cfm?action=detail&faculty_id=13 Faculty profile, Department of English, University of Southern California]
* [http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/trojan_family/winter03/braudy.html Profile of Braudy's work on "From Chivalry to Terrorism" in the USC Trojan Family Magazine]
* [http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2004/01/20040102_a_main.asp On Point interview with Tom Ashbrook]
* [http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-braudy10sep10,0,1977966.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions LA Times op-ed, September 2006]
* [http://www.uctv.tv/series/index.asp?detail=detail&showID=9875&number=20 Interview with
* [http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/iwz/iwz_video/iwz1_3.html "Cultural Shaping and Historical Change," video and summary of a talk given at Harvard University in November, 2005 as part of the conference "In the War Zone: How Does Gender Matter?"]
* [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec99/celebrity_7-27.html Terence Smith interviews Leo Braudy, Richard Schickel, and Richard Reeves on the public response to John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s death on PBS's Online Newshour]
* [http://www.arthurmag.com/magpie/?p=1371 Arthur Magazine on Robert Kramer's "Ice"]
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