This is the first in series of flash interviews with the English Department faculty. Each post will feature a faculty member who answers five questions that tell us a little about who they are and what they do.
Dr. Anthony Bleach is the Assistant Chair of the English Department and teaches courses in both English and Professional Writing. His research interests include media studies, American film history and genre, feminism and film, exploitation cinema, and pop music. His recent publications include “Everybody’s Doing Molly? Dance Music Cultures and Drugs” which appeared in Antenna in October 2013, “Taylor Swift Haters Hate in Many Flavors” published in In Media Res in February 2013, and “Postfeminist Cliques? Class, Postfeminism, and the Molly Ringwald-John Hughes Films,” which appeared in Cinema Journal in Spring 2010. He has also written on the aesthetics of shot-on-video horror and DVD fan commentaries as cinephilic practice. He currently serves on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Originally from Oxford, England, but I grew up in Watertown, Connecticut.
Q: What made you decide to teach?
A: My father was a professor of horticulture at a community college who taught lifelong learners. My mother had a keen sense of right and wrong. Under their influence, it was ingrained in me to do good in the world, and teaching was the best place where I knew I could do that.
Q: What is your favorite class, currently offered, to teach? Why?
A: I love teaching American Genre Film; I love talking and reading and writing about film with students who are similarly inclined.
Q: What is your favorite book? Genre? Time period? Etc.
A: Favorite book remains Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film by Carol J. Clover. Favorite genre (of film): the teen film, the road film, the horror film. Favorite time period: American film in the 1970s and 1980s, British film in the aftermath of WWII.
Q: What would you do if you weren’t a professor?
A: An academic librarian.