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Derek Nystrom

Associate Professor
Derek Nystrom
3475 Peel, Rm 301
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00PM, and by appointment
514-398-4400 Ext 09313
Email Address: 
derek [dot] nystrom [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Mailing Address: 

McGill University
Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Degrees and Academic Title(s): 

B.A. hon. (University of Wisconsin); M.A., Ph.D. (University of Virginia), Associate Professor

General Research Areas: 
Cultural Studies
Teaching and Research Areas: 

British and American Cultural Studies; Hollywood film; Marxist and post-Marxist theory; class identity.

Taught previously at: 

Skidmore College, University of Virginia.

Selected Publications : 

"At Home in Crisis: The Alienated Emotional Labor of Up in the Air," Radical History Review 118 (Winter 2014): 175-181.

"Haut-Bourgeois Precarity in Boston: The Company Men," Post45.

“The New Hollywood.” The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film (4 vols): Volume III: 1946-1975. Eds. Roy Grundmann, Cynthia Lucia, Art Simon. West Sussex, UK: Blackwell, 2012. 409-434.

The Gaze at Work: Knowledge Relations and Class Spectatorship.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 12/13 (Spring 2010): 23-36. 

Hard Hats, Rednecks, and Macho Men: Class in 1970s American Cinema (New York: Oxford UP, 2009).

Fear of Falling Sideways: Alexander Payne’s Rhetoric of Class.”Postmodern Culture 16.1 (September 2005).

“Hard Hats and Movie Brats: Auteurism and the Class Politics of the New Hollywood.” Cinema Journal 43.3 (Spring 2004).

Against Bosses, Against Oligarchies: An Interview with Richard Rorty. With Derek Nystrom and Kent Puckett. Charlottesville, VA: Prickly Pear Press, 1998. (Reprinted as Prickly Paradigm #3, 2002. Also translated into Portuguese, German, and Japanese.).

Current Research: 

Book project on 1930s Hollywood and the cinematic pre-history of precarity