McLean, Adrienne


Office:  JO 5.606

Web Site: http://www.utdallas.edu/~amclean

Areas of Specialization:  Film history and theory; women and film; classical Hollywood cinema; television history; stars and star images; dance history.

Education: PhD, Film Studies and American Studies, Emory University, 1994
MFA, Dance, Southern Methodist University, 1981

In 2011, Professor Adrienne L. McLean published her fourth book for Rutgers University Press, Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s, which is an entry in the ten-volume series that she co-edits, Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema. Other books include Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema (2008, selected as a Choice outstanding academic title) and Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom (2004), now in its second printing. She is currently working on a collection on dogs and film, Cinematic Canines, as well as a book on makeup and hairdressing in the studio era.

In addition to book projects, Professor McLean has continued to produce original essays for publication. Recent work includes "Flirting with Terpsichore: Dance, Class, and Entertainment in 1930s Film Musicals," in The Sound of Musicals, Steven Cohan, ed. (2011); "Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable: Pinned Up," in What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (2011); "What a Swell Party This Was: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra," in Larger than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s, R. Barton Palmer, ed. (2010); "Putting 'Em Down Like a Man: Eleanor Powell and the Spectacle of Competence," in Hetero: Queering Representations of Straightness, Sean Griffin, ed. (2009); "Wedding Bells Ring, Storks Are Expected, the Rumours Aren't True, Divorce Is the Only Answer: Stardom and Fan-Magazine Family Life in 1950s Hollywood," in A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home, Murray Pomerance, ed. (2008).

Dr. McLean routinely supports her field through the production of book and manuscript reviews for University of California Press, SUNY Press, Rutgers University Press, Wayne State University Press and others, and serves as a peer reviewer for numerous film journals. She also is regularly asked to contribute information for use in newspaper articles and in other mass-media programming about a wide range of film topics. In order to share and to hone her scholarly work in its formative stages, Professor McLean presents peer-reviewed papers at academic conferences annually.

Further information can be found at her website.