Though Prakash Younger’s interests range widely across the humanities (including English and world literature, political philosophy, geopolitical history, and art history), his work as a teacher and scholar is grounded by a long-standing engagement with the cinephilic traditions that have shaped Film Studies as a discipline. Though his work is rooted in close attention to aesthetics and the details of cinematic form, Younger’s ultimate goal as both a teacher and scholar is to show how films give us an enhanced purchase on the real world beyond them. By taking advantage of the access films provide to the experience of other times, places, cultures and sensibilities we enhance our ability to connect with the world we live in today; unlikely as it may seem, a French film from the 1930’s or a Bollywood film from the 1970’s may turn out to be the “message in a bottle” we have been waiting for, the magic lens that brings certain facts and possibilities of the present into sharp focus. Studying film is a detour that is justified by the fact that, in the end, it always gets us to the right place, faster.
Carole Zucker is internationally known for her work on performance studies, and has lectured and published in Europe, the U.S. and Canada on this subject. Her areas of research interest also include the horror and fantasy genre; contemporary film theory; narrative theory; New German cinema; Japanese Cinema; aesthetics; Irish Studies; concepts of excess; adaptation, and film script analysis. She also teaches private acting workshops in Canada, the US and the UK. Her research has been supported on numerous occasions by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She has published extensively on women and the Gothic; narrative theory; postmodern fairy tales; performance theory and the history of Irish Cinema for various U.S., Canadian, and UK journals, as well as having her work extracted in The London Times. Zucker’s publications include: The Idea of the Image: Josef von Sternberg’s Dietrich Films (1988), Making Visible the Invisible: An Anthology of Original Essays on Film Acting (1993), Figures of Light: Actors and Directors Illuminate the Art of Film Acting (1995), In the Company of Actors (1999) with a foreword by Sir Richard Eyre, Conversations with Actors on Film, Television, and Stage Performance (2002), and the recently published The Cinema of Neil Jordan: Dark Carnival(2008), with a foreword written by Stephen Rea. Her latest book, Neil Jordan: Interviews is forthcoming from University of Mississippi Press, in early 2013. She has also recently completed her first feature script, Lamia.