“Pansies don't float”–
gay representability,
film noir, and The Man Who Wasn’t There

Vincent Brook

Vincent Brook has a Ph.D. in film and television from UCLA. He has worked as a film editor and screenwriter, and currently teaches film and television studies at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written on a broad range of film and television subjects, focusing most recently on Jewish representation in sitcoms. His previously published (or forthcoming) work includes:

Something Ain’t Kosher Here: The Rise of the “Jewish” Sitcom. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003.

“Myth or Consequences: Ideological Fault Lines in The Simpsons,” in Leaving Springfield: ‘The Simpsons’ and the Possibilities of Oppositional Culture, John Alberti, ed. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003 (forthcoming).

“To Live and Dye in China: The Personal and the Political in Zhang Yimou’s Judou.” CineAction 60 (2003): 21-29.

“Virtual Ethnicity: Incorporation, Diversity, and the Contemporary ‘Jewish’ Sitcom.” Emergences 11: 2 (2001): 269-285.

“Courting Controversy: The Making and Selling of Baby Doll and the Demise of the Production Code.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 18: 4 (2001): 347-360.

“The Fallacy of Falsity: Un-‘Dresch’-ing Masquerade, Fashion, and Postfeminist Jewish Princesses in The Nanny.” Television and New Media 11: 2 (November 2001): 269-285.

“From the Cozy to the Carceral: Trans-formations of Ethnic Space in The Goldbergs and Seinfeld.” The Velvet Light Trap 14 (Fall 1999): 54-67.

“The Americanization of Molly: How Mid-‘50s TV Homogenized The Goldbergs (and Got ‘Berg-larized’ in the Process).” Cinema Journal 38: 4 (1999): 45-67.

“The Holocaust, Italian Style” (Film Review of Life is Beautiful). The Jewish Edge, February 1999: 26-27.

“Checks and Imbalances: Political Economy and the Rise and Fall of East Side/West Side.” Journal of Film and Video 50:3 (Fall 1998): 24-39.