Professor in Cinema Studies

Ongoing Research

Jan Olsson's primary research interests include archival practices, historical reception and emerging media in cross-cultural perspectives. He has authored and edited several books, including Svensk spelfilm under världskriget (1979), Från filmljud till ljudfilm (1986), Sensationer från en bakgård (1988), Nordic Explorations (co-edited with John Fullerton, 1999), Allegories of Communication (co-edited with John Fullerton, 2004), Television after TV (co-edited with Lynn Spigel, 2004), Media, Popular Culture, and the American Century (co-edited with Kingsley Bolton, 2010). His most recent monographs are Los Angeles Before Hollywood: Journalism and American Film Culture, 1905 to 1915 (2008) and Hitchcock à la Carte (2015).

Recent Publications

Olsson, J. (2015) Hitchcock à la Carte (Durham/London: Duke University Press, 2015)
Olsson, J. (2015) ”Pressing Matters: Media Crusades before the Nickelodeon,” Film History 27, no. 2 (2015)  
Olsson, J. (2014) “Stiller at first: A footnote,” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2014) 
Olsson, J. (2014) “Filmaffärer: sicksackande anteckningar kring några Frank Heller-adaptationer,” in Göran Wessberg (ed.), Frank Heller och filmen (Lund: Pelotard Press, 2014)
Olsson, J. (2014) “National Soul/Cosmopolitan Skin: Swedish Cinema at a Crossroads,” in Jennifer Bean et al (eds.), Silent Cinema: The Politics of Space (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2014)

Essays in Press

“Cadrer les appels muets : la téléphonie en termes cinématographiques,” in Alain Bouillat/Laurent Guido (eds.), Loin des yeux... le cinema: Imaginaries visuels des technologies de telecommunication (Paris: Êditions L’Âge d’Homme, 2015)

“Exhibition Practices in Transition: Spectators and Audiences in the Single-Projector Era,” in André Gaudreault et al, (eds.), The Impact of Technologies (Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2015)

"Notes on Floral Symbolism, Allegory, and Intermediality in the Films of D.W. Griffith,” in  Charlie Keil (ed.), A Companion to D.W. Griffith (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)


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