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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Jean Bruce

Media and Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   jbruce@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000 ext. 6866
Office Location   VIC-817
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A.H. (Brock); M.A. (Western); Ph.D. Humanities (Concordia)

Biography

Professor Jean Bruce joined Ryerson's School of Image Arts faculty in 2004 and is an assistant professor in film, new media and cultural studies. Jean’'s academic background is in film theory, Canadian cultural studies and media studies. Her education, research and publication involve the representation of multiculturalism and sexuality in Canadian cinema, television and music. Currently, her research involves the representation of gender, sexuality and class in home improvement reality TV in Canada.

Research Interests

Melodrama and discourses of power in film; consumer culture; television; Canadian cinema; the interrelationship of popular media.

Selected Publications

Reality TV in Trans/National Contexts. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue Editor. Forthcoming, Fall/Winter 2008/09.

Rereading and Remembering Susan Sontag.” Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film Studies. February 2005.

“Feminine Identity and Theories of the Intra/Inter National Subject: La Vie rêvée and Anne Trister,” Nouvelles "vues" sur le cinéma québécois. Fall 2004.

“‘Queer Cinema’ at the NFB: The Strange Case of Forbidden Love,” Candid Eyes: Documentary Cinema in Canada, Jeannette Sloniowski, Jim Leach, eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003).

“Made in Canada.” Canadian Geographic Online. (Fall-Winter 2001/02). www.canadiangeographic.ca/CanadaOnline/

“Querying/Queering the Nation,” in Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women’s Cinema, Janine Marchessault, et al., eds., University of Toronto Press, 1999.

 

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan