HPU Professor Of Communication Publishes Essay In Book Anthology


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 5, 2010 – Dr. Katherine Fowkes, professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, recently published a scholarly essay in a book anthology titled, “Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan.”

In the essay, titled “Four Films of M. Night Shyamalan: Oh the Irony?,” Fowkes explores the similarities between the author/director’s films, examining “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “Signs,” and “The Village.” Fowkes disputes the notion that Shyamalan’s films are primarily horror films, but instead argues that they might equally be categorized as melodramas that create and then resolve problems in domestic and/or romantic spheres. 

“The films portray a world in which destiny is inevitable, and in which meaning is questioned only to be overturned in favor of certainty by the films’ conclusion,” Fowkes says. “Ultimately, the films convey a message of faith and belief, but one that hinges on the power of cinematic storytelling to provide meaning and certainty in a cynical and uncertain world.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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