Dr. Carter Soles
- Assistant Professor
- (585) 395-5825
Office: 224 LAB
Teaching and Creative Interests: Film and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Film Genre Studies
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008
M.A., University of Oregon, 2004
B.A., University of Southern California, 1993
Current and Past Positions
- Assistant Professor of Film Studies, English Department, The College at Brockport, 2011-2015
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies, English Dept., The College at Brockport, 2010-2011
- Postdoctoral teaching Fellow, English Department, University of Oregon, 2008-2010
“Falling Out of the Closet: Kevin Smith, Queerness, and Independent Film”
Chair: Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, Department of English, University of Oregon
Committee: Michael Aronson, Department of English, Mary Wood, Department of English, Janet Wasko, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, Jon Lewis, Department of English, Oregon State University.
SUNY Pre-Tenure Grant Development Award, Spring 2014
""And No Birds Sing": Discourses of Environmental Apocalypse in The Birds and Night of the Living Dead." Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and hte Environment 21.3 (Summer 2014).
"Team Apatow and the ropes of Geek-Centered Romatic Comedy." Bright Lights Film Journal
"Sympathy for the Devil: The Cannibalistic Hillbilly in 1970s Rural Slasher Films." Ecocinema: Theory and Practice. (Routledge, 2013)
"Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity." Co-authored with Kom Kumyosying. Jump Cut 54, Fall 2012 <http://www.ejumpcut.org/home.html>
"A Stalker's Odyssey: Arrested Development, Gay Desire, and Queer Comedy in Chuck&Buck." Jump Cut 49, Spring 2007 (39pps in ms). <http://www.ejumpcut.org/home.html>
"Steven Spielberg's Duel, the 1973 OPEC Oil Crisis, and the End of America's Energy Empire." the 2014 Film and History Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, November 1, 2014
"The Origins of Seattle Slacker Culture in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything . . . and Singles." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, Wasington, March 21. 2014.
"The Nature of Environmental Apocalypse in The Birds and Night of the Living Dead." Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) biennial conference, Lawrence, Kansas, May 30, 2013
"Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight as Neoconservative War Propoganda." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Los Angelese, CA, March 17 2010.
"Kevin Smith as 'Straight Queer' Industrial Auteur." What is Film? Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 7, 2009.
"Sympathy for the Devil: urbanoia, Horror, and the Anti-Heroic Hillbilly." Association for the Study fo Literature and the Environment (ASLE) biennial conference, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 6, 2009.
Courses Taught at the College at Brockport (SUNY)
Film 401: American Independent Cinema, Fall 2010, Spring 2015
Taught advanced survey of American Independent cinema since 1984, analyzing new developments in industrial infrastructure, key films and directors, and the increased market for alternative and queer cinema.
Film 491/591: Contemporary Global Film Directors, Summer 2011
Taught advanced survey of prominent global film auteurs since 1990, analyzing new developments in off-Hollywood film production, the industrial and financial infrastructure of global and international film distribution, and the general movement toward a transnational canon of contemporary films.
Film 491/591: Hollywood Renaissance 1967-80, Spring 2012
Taught advanced survey of Hollywood cinema between 1967 and 1980, analyzing new developments in industrial infrastructure, key films and directors, and the inauguration of the blockbuster era post-1977.
Film 490: Film Comedy, Spring 2012
Taught advanced survey of film comedy from the origins of the medium to the present day, with a focus on the theoretical underpinnings of comedy. Also focused upon the European grotesque and carnivalesque traditions in literature and film.
Film 490: film Melodrama, Fall 2012
Taught advanced survey of film melodrama from the silent era to the present day, with a focus on the theoretical underpinnings and visual conventions of the melodramatic mode. While the bulk of the course focused upon films in melodramatic genres like the works of D.W. Griffith, the 1930s and ‘40s “women’s film,” and the family melodramas of the 1950s, later weeks also examined contemporary teen melodrama, the action blockbuster, and reality TV.
Film/Women's Studies 457: Women and Film, Spring 2011, Fall 2013, Summer 2014
Taught advanced survey of the relationship between women, cinematic representation, film production, and power. Emphasized films made by women filmmakers, asking how/why/if films made by women address women’s issues within the patriarchal global film industry.
Film 360: Film Noir, Summer 2011, Fall 2014
Taught upper-division survey of the film noir from its inception circa 1942 to the present day. Assignments included textual analysis, readings, and class discussions.
Film 360: The Western, Fall 2013
Taught upper-division survey of the film Western from 1896 to 1995, focusing upon the historical formation and evolution of the genre, its formal and thematic features, and its intersections with issues of race, class, gender, and American imperialism.
Film 303: Ecocinema, Spring 2014
Taught upper-division survey of contemporary ecocritical theories, applying these to a variety of cinematic texts across several periods and genres in order to raise students’ awareness about the ecological and environmental issues impacting the world today, recognize ways of seeing the world other than through the narrow perspective of the anthropocentric gaze, and sharpen their critical media analysis skills.
Film 301: Film Theory and Criticism, every term 2010-2014
Taught overview of theoretical approaches used to interpret the meanings, aesthetics, and social effects of cinema. Introduced the key terms, ideas, and discourses within the academic criticism of film, with emphasis on the application of theory to specific cinematic texts.
Film 251: Film history Part 2, Spring 2014
Taught historical overview of developments in global cinema since 1945, emphasizing the emergence of the international art cinema, the interpenetration of influences and technologies between various international film movements, and current trends in film production and economics in the digital age, including the explosion of American independent film production since the 1980s.
Film 250: Film History Part 1,strong> Spring 2015
Taught historical overview of the origins of cinema, the institutionalization of narrative cinema and the studio system, various international film movements in the silent era, the coming of sound, and Hollywood’s pre-WWII “Golden Age.”
Film 250: Film History, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012
Taught historical overview of the origins of cinema, the institutionalization of narrative cinema and the studio system, various international film movements, American independent cinema, the star system, and current trends in film production and economics in the digital age.
English 112: College Composition, Fall 2010, spring 2011, Fall 2011
Taught principles of effective argumentation, basic composition skills, and research writing skills, with an emphasis on informal logic, audience awareness, revision, and web-based research and evaluation techniques.
- Director of Interdisciplinary Film Studies Minor, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2010-15
- Departmental Recruitment and Retention Committee, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2014-15
- Departmental Curriculum Committee, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2013-14
- Departmental Search Committee, African American Literature Search, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2013-14
- Departmental Search Committtee, Young Adult Literature Search, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2012-13
- Faculty Adviser, Brockport Film Appreciation Club, The College at Brockport (SUNY), 2012-15
Teaching and Creative Interests
Gender and Sexuality
Globalization and Cyberculture
Ecocritical Media Studies