Derek Nystrom

Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext 09313
Email address: 
derek [dot] nystrom [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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

Faculty Members
Associate Professor
Cultural Studies
3475 Peel, Rm 301

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

Cultural Studies
Teaching 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: 

"Callin' From the Fun House: Jim Jarmusch's Gimme Danger." Los Angeles Review of Books. Nov. 2016. 

"Of Christians and Communists: Joel and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar!". Los Angeles Review of Books. March 2016. 

"American Cinema, 1976-Present" *Oxford Bibiliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford UP, May 2015. 

"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. Jan. 2013.

“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 SpectatorshipIowa 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