Lucas Hilderbrand

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Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities

Affiliated Faculty, Gender and Sexuality Studies
School of Humanities


Ph.D., New York University, 2006, Cinema Studies

Email: lucas.h@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
2128 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Queer Cultures and Media, Cultural Studies, Documentary, Pornography, Popular Music, Television, Video Art, Histories of Technology
URLs
Academic Distinctions
Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award-Honorable Mention, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2010

Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2006
Appointments
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Film and Media Studies

Fall 2020 office hours: Tuesdays 5-6 pm and Thursdays, 1-2pm or by appointment, via Zoom

COURSES TAUGHT:

Film and Media Studies
FMS 85B: History of Broadcasting (Winter 2009)
FMS 101B: History of Cinema: The Sound Era, Part I (Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2020)
FMS 101C: History of Cinema: The Contemporary Era (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020)
FMS 110: Film and Media Theory (Spring 2009, Winter 2011, Winter 2015, Fall 2019, Winter 2020)
FMS 112: Documentary (Winter 2008)
FMS 113: Documentary Narratives (Winter 2010)
FMS 115: Disney (Spring 2010, Spring 2015, Fall 2017
FMS 130/GSS 130: Gender & Sexuality, Media, and Politics (Winter 2018)
FMS 130/GSS 175/SS 189: Queer Media (Fall 2014)
FMS 130/WS 190: Going Out: Queer Nightlife (Spring 2009, Spring 2012)
FMS 139W: Writing about Film and Media: Queer Screens (Winter 2008)
FMS 139W: Writing about Film and Media: The Simpsons (Spring 2010)
FMS 139W: Sound (Winter 2013)
FMS 139W: Melodrama (Fall 2016)
FMS 145: The 90s (Winter 2014)
FMS 146/190: Audio Cultures: Sound and Music (Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2013, Fall 2020)
FMS 162: 1970s American Cinema (Fall 2008, Fall 2012)
FMS 190/130: Sex on Screen (Fall 2010; Fall 2015)
FMS 190: Media and Environment (Spring 2019)

Visual Studies
VS 290B: Film and Media Studies: Theories and Methods (Winter 2010, Winter 2013)
VS 290C: Visual Studies: Theories and Methods (Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2018)
VS 295: Inventing the Media: Histories of Technology (Fall 2007)
VS 295: Sex Scenes: Sexualities, Images, Publics (Fall 2008)
VS 295: Queer (Fall 2015, Fall 2018)
Research Abstract
WORKS IN PROGRESS:

Book: The Bars Are Ours: Histories and Cultures of Gay Bars in America after 1960 (in progress)

OTHER PROJECTS

Exhibition: Cock, Paper, Scissors, co-curated with David Evans Frantz and Kayleigh Perkov for the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, April 2-July 10, 2016: http://one.usc.edu/cock-paper-scissors/
Traveling to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, as Cut-Ups: Queer Collage Practices, October 14-December 18, 2016

Symposium: Reuses of the Erotic: A Symposium on Queer Collage, April 8, 2016, co-organized by David Evans Frantz and Kayleigh Perkov for UCI, featuring Mary Beth Edelson, Scott Herring, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Juana María Rodríguez, Jennifer Tyburczy, and Suzanne Wright: http://one.usc.edu/reuses-of-the-erotic/
Publications
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Historical Fantasies: Gay Porn in the Archives," Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s, eds. Carolyn Bronstein and Whitney Strub (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016).
Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Porno-Chic-Sex-Wars-Representation/dp/1625342268

Co-editor, with David Evans Frantz and Kayleigh Perkov, Cock, Paper, Scissors (exhibition catalogue, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, 2016)
Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Scissors-David-Evans-Frantz/dp/0989407217/

“On the Matter of Blackness in Under the Skin,” JumpCut 57 (fall 2016)
Available at http://www.ejumpcut.org/currentissue/-HilderbrandUnderSkin/index.html

Paris Is Burning (Queer Film Classics series, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013)
Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Burning-Queer-Classic-Classics/dp/1551525194

"Luring Disco Dollies to a Life of Vice: Queer Pop Music's Moment," Journal of Popular Music Studies (25:4, December 2013)
PDF available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpms.12044/abstract

"Sex out of Sync: Christmas on Earth's and Couch's Queer Soundtracks," Camera Obscura (83, September 2013)
PDF available at: http://cameraobscura.dukejournals.org/content/28/2_83/45.full.pdf+html

"A Suitcase Full of Vaseline, or Travels in the 1970s Gay World," Journal of the History of Sexuality (22:3, September 2013)
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_the_history_of_sexuality/toc/sex.22.3.html

Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright (Duke University Press, 2009)
Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Inherent-Vice-Histories-Videotape-Copyright/dp/0822343762

“YouTube: Where Cultural Memory and Copyright Converge,” Film Quarterly, Vol. 61, Issue 1 (Fall 2007)
PDF available at: http://caliber.ucpress.net/toc/fq/61/1

“Retroactivism,” GLQ, Vol. 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2006)
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_lesbian_and_gay_studies/toc/glq12.2.html

“Grainy Days and Mondays: Superstar and Bootleg Aesthetics,” Camera Obscura, Issue 57 (December 2004)
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/camera_obscura/toc/co19.3.html


COMPLETE BIBLIOGRAPHY


MONOGRAPH BOOKS:

Paris Is Burning (Queer Film Classics series, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013)
Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Burning-Queer-Classic-Classics/dp/1551525194

Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright (Duke University Press, 2009)
Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Inherent-Vice-Histories-Videotape-Copyright/dp/0822343762


ESSAYS AND EDITORIAL PROJECTS:
Co-editor, with James Nisbet, “Visual Culture and the Climate Crisis” dossier, Afterimage 47, no 2 (summer 2020)
Available at: https://online.ucpress.edu/afterimage/issue/47/2

“Trigger Warnings and the Disciplining of Cinema and Media Pedagogy,” The Routledge Companion to Media and Risk, eds. Bishnupriya Ghosh and Bhaskar Sarkar (New York: Routledge, 2020)

Editor, "In Focus: The C and M in SCMS," Cinema Journal 57, no. 2 (February 2018).
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/38102

"The Big Picture: On the Expansiveness of Cinema and Media Studies," Cinema Journal 57, no. 2 (February 2018).
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/38102

"Historical Fantasies: Gay Porn in the Archives," Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s, eds. Carolyn Bronstein and Whitney Strub (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016).
Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Porno-Chic-Sex-Wars-Representation/dp/1625342268

“On the Matter of Blackness in Under the Skin,” JumpCut 57 (fall 2016)
Available at http://www.ejumpcut.org/currentissue/-HilderbrandUnderSkin/index.html

Under the Skin dossier coordinator and introduction author, JumpCut 57 (fall 2016)
Available at: http://www.ejumpcut.org/currentissue/index.html

"The Uncut Version: The Mattachine Society's Pornographic Epilogue," Sexualities Volume 19, number 4 (June 2016)
PDF available at: http://sex.sagepub.com/content/19/4/449.full.pdf+html

Co-editor, with David Evans Frantz and Kayleigh Perkov, Cock, Paper, Scissors (exhibition catalogue, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, 2016)
Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Scissors-David-Evans-Frantz/dp/0989407217/

“Sticky Pages from History: Pornography and Gay Male Print Culture,” Cock, Paper, Scissors, eds. David Evans Frantz, Kayleigh Perkov, and Lucas Hilderbrand (ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, 2016)

"Queer Cinema, Queer Writing, Queer Criticism," The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian American Literature, ed. Scott Herring (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Companion-American-Literature-Companions/dp/1107646189/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446699256

"Luring Disco Dollies to a Life of Vice: Queer Pop Music's Moment," Journal of Popular Music Studies (25:4, December 2013)
PDF available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpms.12044/abstract

"Sex out of Sync: Christmas on Earth's and Couch's Queer Soundtracks," Camera Obscura 83 (September 2013)
PDF available at: http://cameraobscura.dukejournals.org/content/28/2_83/45.full.pdf+html

"A Suitcase Full of Vaseline, or Travels in the 1970s Gay World," Journal of the History of Sexuality (22:3, September 2013)
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_the_history_of_sexuality/toc/sex.22.3.html

"In the Heat of the Moment: The Past, Present and Futures of Born in Flames," Women & Performance (2013)
PDF available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0740770X.2013.786340#.UcPVFev0r-k

“Moving Images: On Video Art Distribution” in Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video, edited by Ming-Yuen Ma and Erika Suderberg (University of Minnesota Press, 2012)
Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Resolutions-3-Global-Networks-Video/dp/0816670838

"The Art of Distribution: Video on Demand," Film Quarterly (64:2, winter 2010)
PDF available at: http://caliber.ucpress.net/doi/abs/10.1525/FQ.2010.64.2.24

Special issue editor (with Lynne Sachs), "Experiments in Documentary," Millennium Film Journal (summer 2009)
Available at: http://mfj-online.org/

"Experiments in Documentary: Contradiction, Uncertainty, Change," Millennium Film Journal (summer 2009)
PDF available at: http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?recid=0bc05f7a67b1790e88476a397d012423e4ed85f27f8f2134a42fd493f53b49473cf87501a56a7e0b&fmt=P

“YouTube: Where Cultural Memory and Copyright Converge,” Film Quarterly, Vol. 61, Issue 1 (Fall 2007)
PDF available at: http://caliber.ucpress.net/toc/fq/61/1

Special issue editor, “Media Access: Technologies and Preservation,” Spectator, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Spring 2007)
Available at: http://cinema.usc.edu/programs/critical-studies/spectator/spectator-spring-2007-vol-272b.htm

“Mediating Queer Boyhood: Dottie Gets Spanked” in The Cinema of Todd Haynes, edited by James Morrison (Wallflower Press, 2007)

“Retroactivism,” GLQ, Vol. 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2006)
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_lesbian_and_gay_studies/toc/glq12.2.html

Co-editor, with Kate Horsfield, Feedback: The Video Data Bank Catalog of Video Art and Artist Interviews (Temple University Press, 2006)

“Conceptual Cinephilia: On Jon Routson’s Bootlegs,” in Cinephilia: Movies, Love, and Memory, edited by Marijke de Valck & Malte Hagener (Universiteit van Amsterdam Press, 2005)

“Grainy Days and Mondays: Superstar and Bootleg Aesthetics,” Camera Obscura, Issue 57 (December 2004)
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/camera_obscura/toc/co19.3.html


COLUMNS, COMMENTARIES, REVIEWS, AND INTERVIEWS:

"Watching the End Times from The Good Place," Public Books (April 2020)
Available online at: https://www.publicbooks.org/watching-the-end-times-from-the-good-place/

“On Nature Programming, the Anthropocene, and the Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary,” invited contribution to a book forum on Pooja Rangan’s Immediations in The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 7, no 2 (2020)
Available online at: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/cambridge-journal-of-postcolonial-literary-inquiry/article/on-nature-programming-the-anthropocene-and-the-humanitarian-impulse-in-documentary/A24D8BF71F265FB63D5C2C16DB837FFE

Book review of Cáel M. Keegan, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Film Quarterly 73, no. 2 (Winter 2019)
Available online at: https://fq.ucpress.edu/content/73/2/110

Exhibition review of Queer California: Untold Stories at Oakland Museum of California, Afterimage 46, no 3 (September 2019)
Available online at: https://afterimage.ucpress.edu/content/46/3/43

"The Worlds Los Angeles Maricóns and Malfloras Made" (review of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.), X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly 20, no 4 (summer 2018)
Available online at: http://x-traonline.org/article/the-worlds-los-angeles-maricons-and-malfloras-made/

"Some of This Actually Happened," WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly): The 1970s (43:3-4; fall/winter 2015)
PDF available at: https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/wsq/v043/43.3-4.hilderbrand.html

With Alexandra Juhasz, Debra Levine, and Ricardo Montez, “Downtown’s Queer Asides,” Downtown Film, Video, and TV Culture 1975-2001, ed. Joan Hawkins (Bristol: Intellect Press, 2015)
Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Downtown-Film-TV-Culture-1975-2001/dp/1783204222/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446699314

"Dear Rhys Ernst"
Visual AIDS website (March 2015)
Online at: https://www.visualaids.org/blog/detail/ernsts-video-reminds-us-that-trans-stories-can-also-be-aids-histories-and-g

“I Wanna Go, or Finding Love in a Hopeless Place”
Media Fields 7 (December 2013)
Online at: http://mediafieldsjournal.squarespace.com/i-wanna-go/

"Puppets, Pink Felt, and Levi's Pockets: Materials from the Main Club," RECAPS Magazine (July 2013)
Online at: http://recapsmagazine.com/rethink/puppets-pink-felt-and-levis-pockets-materials-from-the-main-club-by-lucas-hilderbrand/

"Harpo Never Scolded Me for My Excesses: An Interview with Wayne Koestenbaum"
Berfrois, May 2012
Online at: http://www.berfrois.com/2012/05/berfrois-interviews-wayne-koestenbaum/

"Undateable: Reflections on Online Dating and the Perversion of Time," Flow (13:12, spring 2011)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/2011/04/undateable/

"It's Okay to Watch a Show Called Cougar Town," Flow (13:8, winter 2011)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/2011/02/its-okay-to-watcha-show-called-cougar-town/

"The History of Postmodern: Mark Ronson's Pop Nostalgia," Flow (13:3, fall 2010)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/2010/11/the-history-of-postmodern-mark-ronson’s-pop-nostalgia-lucas-hilderbrand-university-of-california-irvine/

"Sweatin' Out the Shame," Flow (11:12, spring 2010)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/?p=4971

"Phonography: Lessons Learned from Teaching Audio Technologies," Flow (11:7, winter 2010)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/?p=4766

"Cinematic Promiscuity: Cinephilia after Videophilia," Framework (50:1-2, fall 2009)
PDF available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/framework_the_journal_of_cinema_and_media/summary/v050/50.1-2.hilderbrand.html

“Reflections on The Blindness Series,” commissioned essay for Tran T. Kim-Trang, The Blindness Series DVD box set, Video Data Bank (September 2009)
Reprinted in More Than Meets the Eye, edited by Jesse Lerner, Tran Trang, and Holly Willis (2016): http://scalar.usc.edu/works/more-than-meets-the-eye-the-videos-of-tran-t-kim-trang/index

"Stage Left: Glee and the Textual Politics of Difference," Flow (11:3, fall 2009)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/?p=4574

"Rewind: sex, lies, and videotape at 20," Flow (10:7, summer 2009)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/?p=4246

"Digital Is Not a Noun," Flow (10:4, summer 2009)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/?p=4126

"Justice Is a Bitch: On Damages as Liberal Revenge Fantasy," Flow (10:1, summer 2009)
Online at: http://flowtv.org/?p=4014

“’More Than One Way to Love’”: On Kiki and Herb (But Mostly Kiki),” Camera Obscura, Issue 67 (Spring 2008)
PDF available at: http://cameraobscura.dukejournals.org/content/vol23/issue1_67/?etoc

“An Accidental Institution: Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee: An Interview with Claire Brandt," Spectator, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Spring 2007)
Available at: http://cinema.usc.edu/programs/critical-studies/spectator/spectator-spring-2007-vol-272b.htm

Adaptation” (review essay), Film Quarterly, Vol. 58, Issue 1 (Fall 2004)
PDF available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3697263
Professional Societies
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
American Studies Association
Other Experience
Post-doctoral fellow, School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California 2006—2007

Last updated
09/13/2021