HIGH POINT, N.C., April 5, 2010 – Dr. Katherine Fowkes, professor of media and popular culture in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, recently attended the 2010 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Los Angeles, where she launched her new book on fantasy film. The conference, which is the largest and most prestigious academic conference in the field of media studies, was held March 17-21.
Fowkes’ new book, titled “The Fantasy Film,” analyzes a variety of films and gives in-depth historical and critical overviews of the revitalized and explosively popular fantasy film genre. Some of the films looked at include early classics, such as “The Wizard of Oz,” newer films like “Spiderman” and “Shrek,” and series such as the “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter” films.
“Researching and writing this book was a labor of love, but one that has immensely enriched and informed my teaching,” Fowkes says. “I’m hoping to create a First Year Seminar on fantasy film, or else perhaps a Special Topics course on this subject in the near future.”
“The Fantasy Film” is Fowkes’ second full-length book. Her work has also been published in numerous scholarly anthologies and encyclopedias. Fowkes has been at HPU since 1993 and has taught a wide variety of courses in both film and television.
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