Lecturer
English
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
F: +353 21 490 3000
E: g.young@ucc.ie
W: http://www.ucc.ie/
College Lecturer In Film Studies
English
Department of English, O'Rahilly
Building, University College
Cork

T: +353 21 490 2776
F: +353 21 4903288
E: g.young@ucc.ie

I hold an MA and PhD in Film Studies from University College Dublin. My MA thesis examined gender representation in a selection of films by David Cronenberg; my PhD thesis was a critical study of the career of Jacques Tourneur. My research interests lie primarily in classic Hollywood cinema; silent cinema (especially 1920s); European cinema (German expressionism; early Nordic cinema; some French cinema of the 1930s). I also have an interest in contemporary American cinema; gender representations; genre cinema; representations of ethnicity in cinema; stardom and publicity discourse, esp. 1920s.  My current major project is a book on the life and career of American film director Clarence Brown, due to be published in 2014. My research has appeared in international journals and collections. I supervise/have supervised at MA and PhD level on a wide range of topics. I have served as the coordinator of the MA in American Literature and Film in the School of English. I am Co-Director of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, and coordinator of the BA in Film and Screen Media, and the MA in Film Studies (www.ucc.ie/en/filmstudies). I was also part of the team on the IRCHSS funded project, Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-70.

My post-doctoral research has been centred on three broad areas: classical Hollywood cinema, silent cinema, and ethnicity in American cinema. I have conducted very extensive research on the career and life of American film director, Clarence Brown, whose career spanned the period 1915-1953. This research has incorporated significant archival research in a variety of collections in the US and also in London, including British Film Institute; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; UCLA Film Archive; USC MGM archive; Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences' archive/Margaret Herrick Library; David O.Selznick Collection at University of Texas at Austin; Clarence Brown archive at University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Film Study Center at MoMA, New York. My book will be published in 2014 by the University of Kentucky press, a leading publisher of American film studies. This will be the first full length monograph on the career of a key American director. This project, which I initially saw as a small one, has turned into a major one and I have rapidly acquired a reputation as the leading expert on Brown. I have already published articles on Brown in Sight and Sound, and The Journal of East Tennessee History. Additionally, I co-curated, with film historian Kevin Brownlow, a retrospective on Brown for the National Film Theatre/BFI in London in April/May 2003. I also wrote programme notes for the retrospective, which were published by NFT/BFI. I have acted as a consultant for a long article on Brown by Jack Neely, which was published in Metropulse, Knoxville, Tennessee in March 2008. This article featured extensive quotes from me about my work on Brown and on his critical reputation. I have recently been invited to visit the U.S National Parks Service Calabasas ranch (formerly owned by Clarence Brown) to present a paper on Brown and to launch my book.

Recently, I have published two chapters in two collections: An article on films in 1925 published in American Cinema: The 1920s ed. Lucy Fischer (Rutgers, 2009) and an article on Early Screen comediennes, stardom and ethnicity in Screening Irish America. ed. Ruth Barton (Irish Academic Press, 2009).

I was part of a team conducting research on Irish amateur filmmaking from 1930-1970 (Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-70). This was an IRCHSS funded project that involves a collaboration between UCC and Irish Film Archive. A dvd was produced and I am currently co-editing a collection (with Barry Monahan and Laura Rascaroli) for Bloomsbury press, due to be published in February 2014.


Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2009)'1925: Movies and a Year of Change'
Young, Gwenda; (2009) '1925: Movies and a Year of Change' In: American Cinema of the 1920s: Themes and Variations (Screen Decades). New Jersey: Rutgers. Globe icon [Details]
(2009)'Funny Girls: Early American Screen Comediennes and Ethnicity'
Young, Gwenda ; (2009) 'Funny Girls: Early American Screen Comediennes and Ethnicity' In: Screening Irish America. Dublin: Irish Academic press. Globe icon [Details]
(1999)'The Evolution of Film Studies'
Young, Gwenda; (1999) 'The Evolution of Film Studies' In: Media Studies: Course Reader. University College Cork, Ireland: Centre for Adult and Continuing Education. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2006)
Young, Gwenda; Walshe, Eibhear (Ed.). (2006) Molly Keane: Essays in Contemporary Criticism. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Globe icon [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2003)'Starmaker (A portrait of Clarence Brown, an MGM mainstay in Hollywood's golden era and Greta Garbo's favorite director)'
Young, G; (2003) 'Starmaker (A portrait of Clarence Brown, an MGM mainstay in Hollywood's golden era and Greta Garbo's favorite director)'. Sight and Sound, 13 :28-30 [DOI] [Details]
(2005)'The Swedish Sphinx: Greta Garbo'
Young, Gwenda; (2005) 'The Swedish Sphinx: Greta Garbo'. Film Ireland, 106 (*):83-84 [Details]
(2002)'Femininity on the Frontier: The Wind (1928) and Psychological Melodrama'
Young, Gwenda; (2002) 'Femininity on the Frontier: The Wind (1928) and Psychological Melodrama'. Film Culture, 1 (1):51-61 [Details]
(2002)'Clarence Brown: From Knoxville to Hollywood and Back'
Young, Gwenda; (2002) 'Clarence Brown: From Knoxville to Hollywood and Back'. Journal of East Tennessee History, 73 :53-73 [Details]
(2001)'Shadows: Jacques Tourneur's Cinema of Ambiguity'
Young, Gwenda; (2001) 'Shadows: Jacques Tourneur's Cinema of Ambiguity'. Film Ireland, 83 (*):47-51 [Details]
(1999)'Jacques Tourneur's World War II Films: From Unity to Chaos'
Young, Gwenda; (1999) 'Jacques Tourneur's World War II Films: From Unity to Chaos'. Popular Culture Review, 10 (2):55-65 [Details]
(1998)'The Cinema of Difference: Jacques Tourneur, Race and I Walked with a Zombie (1943)'
Young, Gwenda; (1998) 'The Cinema of Difference: Jacques Tourneur, Race and I Walked with a Zombie (1943)'. Irish Journal of American Studies, 7 (*):101-121 Globe icon [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2009)'Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-1970'
Rascaroli, Laura, Gwenda Young, Barry Monahan; (2009) 'Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-1970' Film Ireland, (130) :46-46. [Details]
(2003)'Clarence Brown Retrospective: Programme Notes and Profile for the National Film Theatre, London'
Young, Gwenda; (2003) 'Clarence Brown Retrospective: Programme Notes and Profile for the National Film Theatre, London' NATIONAL FILM THEATRE PROGRAMME, LONDON, * :*-*. [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

 YearPublication
(2008)Freddie Bartholomew.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Freddie Bartholomew. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)John Wayne.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) John Wayne. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Raoul Walsh.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Raoul Walsh. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Declan Quinn.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Declan Quinn. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Leo McCarey.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Leo McCarey. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Walter Huston.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Walter Huston. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)John Huston.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) John Huston. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Anjelica Huston.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Anjelica Huston. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Helen Hayes.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Helen Hayes. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Richard Harris.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Richard Harris. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Cedric Gibbons.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Cedric Gibbons. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Judy Garland.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Judy Garland. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)John Ford.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) John Ford. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Robert Flaherty.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Robert Flaherty. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Mia Farrow.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Mia Farrow. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Daniel Day-Lewis.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Daniel Day-Lewis. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Clarence Brown.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Clarence Brown. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Pierce Brosnan.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Pierce Brosnan. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Herbert Brenon.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Herbert Brenon. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)George Brent.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) George Brent. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)Patrick Bergin.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) Patrick Bergin. Santa Barbara, Calif: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)William Wellman.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) William Wellman. Santa Barbara: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]
(2008)King Baggot.
Young, Gwenda; (2008) King Baggot. Santa Barbara, Calif: Encyclopedia Entries [Details]

Programme Note

 YearPublication
(2003)The Clarence Brown Retrospective.
Young, Gwenda; (2003) The Clarence Brown Retrospective. London: Programme Note [Details]

Radio Presentation

 YearPublication
(2003)Discussing David Cronenberg's career, especially Spider on 'Rattlebag'.
Young, Gwenda; (2003) Discussing David Cronenberg's career, especially Spider on 'Rattlebag'. Dublin: Radio Presentation [Details]
(2006)Panel Discussion on Molly Keane on 'The Eleventh Hour'.
Young, Gwenda; (2006) Panel Discussion on Molly Keane on 'The Eleventh Hour'. Radio Presentation [Details]
(2007)Panel Discussion on Irish Americans and cinema on 'The Eleventh Hour'.
Young, Gwenda; (2007) Panel Discussion on Irish Americans and cinema on 'The Eleventh Hour'. Radio Presentation [Details]
(2009)Interview with Cillian Donnelly on the subject of Irish born actors in early Hollywood to be broadcast as part of the 13 week series, 'Behind These Doors' on Dublin City FM radio.
Young, Gwenda; (2009) Interview with Cillian Donnelly on the subject of Irish born actors in early Hollywood to be broadcast as part of the 13 week series, 'Behind These Doors' on Dublin City FM radio. Dublin: Radio Presentation [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(1993)Typhoid Marys and Mutant Flakes: The Representation of Women in the Films of David Cronenberg.
Young, Gwenda; (1993) Typhoid Marys and Mutant Flakes: The Representation of Women in the Films of David Cronenberg. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]
(1998)Jacques Tourneur: A Critical Study.
Young, Gwenda; (1998) Jacques Tourneur: A Critical Study. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Web Page

 YearPublication
(2010)Dark Journeys: Jacques Tourneur's Experiment Perilous.
Young, G; (2010) Dark Journeys: Jacques Tourneur's Experiment Perilous. Italy: Web Page Globe icon [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies from 1930-1970 IRCHSS

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Cork University press Editorial Board/
Society of Cinema Studies Member/
Irish Association for American Studies Member of Steering Committee01-JAN-98 / 20-OCT-05

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(1998)Irish Film Institute,
Gwenda Young; (1998) The Modern Horror Film. [Oral Presentation], Irish Film Institute, Irish Film Centre, Dublin , 01-DEC-98 - 01-DEC-98. [Details]
(1998)Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies,
Gwenda Young; (1998) The Cinema of Difference: Jacques Tourneur, Race and I Walked with a Zombie [1943]. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies, Irish Film Centre, Dublin , 01-MAY-98 - 01-MAY-98. [Details]
(1999)Irish Film Institute,
Gwenda Young; (1999) Georges Franju's Les Yeux sans Visage. [Oral Presentation], Irish Film Institute, Irish Film Centre, Dublin , 01-NOV-99 - 01-NOV-99. [Details]
(2000)Irish Film Institute,
Gwenda Young; (2000) Barbara Loden's Wanda and the American New Wave. [Oral Presentation], Irish Film Institute, Irish Film Centre, Dublin , 01-OCT-00 - 01-OCT-00. [Details]
(2001)Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies,
Gwenda Young; (2001) unknown. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies, UCC , 01-MAR-01 - 01-MAR-01. [Details]
(2001)Irish Film Institute,
Gwenda Young; (2001) Early Hitchcock. [Oral Presentation], Irish Film Institute, Irish Film Centre, Dublin , 01-OCT-01 - 01-OCT-01. [Details]
(2003)Film Musicals: From the Classical Era to Postmodern Cinema,
Dr Christopher Morris, Dr Laura Rascaroli, Dr Gwenda Young; (2003) International Conference organisation. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Film Musicals: From the Classical Era to Postmodern Cinema, UCC , 19-SEP-03 - 20-SEP-03. [Details]
(2003)NUI Galway,
Gwenda Young; (2003) The Lodger and the silent cinema of Alfred Hitchcock. [Oral Presentation], NUI Galway, NUIG , 01-FEB-03 - 01-FEB-03. [Details]
(2003)Film Musicals: From the Classical Era to Postmodern Cinema,
Morris, Christopher; Young, Gwenda; Rascaroli, Laura; (2003) Organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Film Musicals: From the Classical Era to Postmodern Cinema, Cork , 19-SEP-03 - 20-SEP-03. [Details]
(2004)Molly Keane Centenary Conference,
Gwenda Young; (2004) unknown. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Molly Keane Centenary Conference, UCC , 06-NOV-04 - 27-NOV-04. [Details]
(2004)Black and White: Representing the Other in Silent Cinema,
Gwenda Young; (2004) The Perils of Piccadilly: Exploring sexuality, race and ethnicity in E.A. Dupont's Piccadilly. [Oral Presentation], Black and White: Representing the Other in Silent Cinema, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Galway , 08-OCT-04 - 08-OCT-04. [Details]
(2004)Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies,
Gwenda Young; (2004) American cinema's response to World War II: Jacques Tourneur and Clarence Brown. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies, UCD , 15-JAN-04 - 15-JAN-04. [Details]
(2004)Irish Film Institute,
Gwenda Young; (2004) Genre and Gender: Reflections on John Carpenter's Halloween. [Oral Presentation], Irish Film Institute, Irish Film Centre, Dublin , 05-MAY-04 - 05-MAY-04. [Details]
(2004)Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies,
Gwenda Young; (2004) Victor Sjostrom's The Wind (1928): A Swede's Encounter with the American Frontier. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies, UCD , 08-MAY-04 - 08-MAY-04. [Details]
(2005)Greta Garbo Conference,
Gwenda Young; (2005) unknown. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Greta Garbo Conference, UCC , 16-SEP-05 - 17-SEP-05. [Details]
(2005)Irish Film Institute,
Gwenda Young; (2005) Incendiary Cinema: Censorship, race and The Birth of a Nation. [Oral Presentation], Irish Film Institute, Irish Film Centre, Dublin , 01-OCT-05 - 01-OCT-05. [Details]
(2005)Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies,
Gwenda Young; (2005) unknown. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the Irish Association for American Studies, UCC , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]
(2007)Screening Irish America,
Gwenda Young; (2007) Funny Girls: Early film comediennes and ethnicity. [Oral Presentation], Screening Irish America, UCD , 13-APR-07 - 15-APR-07. [Details]
(2009)Con(tra)vention: Crime and the Boundaries of Genre,
Marco Amici, Eoin Barrett, Mark Chu, Rachel MagShamhráin, Barry Monahan, Alessia Risis, Gwenda Young, ; (2009) Third Interdisciplinary Conference of the Atlantic Alliance of Universities (NUI Galway, University of Limerick, University College Cork) Crime Genre Research Group. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Con(tra)vention: Crime and the Boundaries of Genre, UCC , 26-JUN-09 - 27-JUN-09. [Details]
(2010)Saving Private Reels: An International Conference on the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image,
Young, G, Rascaroli, L, Monahan, Barry; (2010) International conference on amateur filmmaking, home movies, archives and independent cinema. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Saving Private Reels: An International Conference on the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image, University College Cork , 17-SEP-10 - 19-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010)Saving Private Reels. An International Conference on the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image,
Dr Barry Monahan, Dr Laura Rascaroli, Dr Gwenda Young ; (2010) Conference Organising Committee Member. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Saving Private Reels. An International Conference on the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image, UCC , 17-SEP-10 - 19-SEP-10. [Details]
(2012)Screening Irish America III: A Symposium,
Young, Gwenda (2012) Researching Irish America in Early Hollywood. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Screening Irish America III: A Symposium, Trinity College Dublin , 30-MAR-12 - 30-MAR-12. [Details]
(2012)Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies,
Young, Gwenda (2012) A far down Shanty Irish ”: Marshall Neilan and the constructions of Irishness in Early Hollywood”. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, USA , 21-MAR-12 - 25-MAR-12. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Board of Film Studies, University College Cork Co Chair2003 / 2010
Third year staff-student committee member/
Departmental Graduate Studies committee Member/
External relations committee, School of English /
MA officer, School of English /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC College Lecturer in Film Studies01-OCT-94 /

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
1998University College Dublin Ph.D.Film Studies
1992University College Dublin Bachelor of ArtsEnglish and History
1993University College Dublin Master of ArtsFilm Studies

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
French BasicBasicBasic
English FluentFluentFluent

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
The ABC-Clio: Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia

Served as advisor on the editorial board of  The ABC-Clio: Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia

National Film Theatre, London
Co-curator of the Clarence Brown retrospective, National Film Theatre, London, April/May; also wrote full programme notes for the event

Outreach Activities

 Description

I have taught courses and delivered guest lectures for the Cork Branch of the Association of English Teachers.

I delivered lectures for the English department Outreach programme, coordinated by Dr. Mary Breen, based in Caherciveen and Kenmare, Co. Kerry.

I have appeared on national radio several times to discuss aspects of film.

I have coordinated and organised a number of high profile lectures by eminent professionals and academics, such as Academy Award winning cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, OBE; BAFTA winning actress, Betsy Blair; world renowned film historian and fellow of the British Film Institute, Kevin Brownlow; with composer Carl Davis. These lectures were open to the public and were exceptionally well attended and reported upon in the local press.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Journal Of American Studies Referee-

I was responsible for introducing film studies module into the School of English undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.I currently teach (and coordinate) EN2036 American Cinema/Genre; EN3037 with Dr Barry Monahan; a seminar on American West and Frontier in second year, and a third year seminar entitled "Projecting New York" (coordinators of both). At MA level, I have coordinated and continue to teach on the MA in American Literature and Film. I am also co coordinator of the interdepartmental MA in Film Studies, and teach on FX6002 (with Dott. Laura Rascaroli), coordinate FX6001 and FX6003. I also coordinate a module on this programme, FX6007, American Cinema after 1960.

I am co-director of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork and with my colleague, Dott. Laura Rascaroli, developed the BA in Film and Screen Media, which launched in September 2013. This is a three year major programme with a separate CAO entry. 

 StudentDegree TypePrimary
Murphy Ian Patrick Doctoral DegreeYes
 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2010Critical Skills Seminar II EN2007Critical Skills Seminar II
2015European Cinema EN3037European Cinema
2010Special Studies Seminar II EN3007Special Studies Seminar II
2015Research Methodologies Seminar FX6003Research Methodologies Seminar
2015Dissertation FX6001Dissertation
2015American Cinema/Genre EN2036American Cinema/Genre