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About Colin Burnett
Colin Burnett received his PhD in Film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. His work focuses on the cultural marketplace—the ideas, sensibilities, languages, and social relations that shape how film and media circulate—and its effects on artistic practice, mainly in non-US contexts. His first book, The Invention of Robert Bresson: The Auteur and His Market (2017), re-reads the elusive Bresson style as the product of a subtle form of exchange between the auteur and a confluence of recent aesthetic, literary, theoretical, and cinephilic trends. He is currently at work on a second book, titled Serial Bonds: The Multimedia Life of 007, which investigates the creative “play” the James Bond franchise has fostered among authorized and unauthorized writers and artists around the globe and how this play has resulted in one of the most complex experiments in serial storytelling in the history of the media franchise.
- "Under the Auspices of Simplicity: Roger Leenhardt's New Realism and the Aesthetic History of Objectif 49," Film History 27.2 (2015): 33-75. (Download Article)
- "The 'Albert Maltz Affair' and the Debate Over Para-Marxist Formalism in New Masses, 1945-6." Journal of American Studies (2013): 1-28. (Download Article)
- "Perspectivism versus Realism." In The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory, edited by Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland. London: Routledge, 2013.
- "Vulgar Auteurism: Out with the New, In with the Old." Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture (June 2013): http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2013/06/11/vulgar-auteurism-out-with-the-new-in-with-the-old/.
- "Transnational Auteurism and the Cultural Dynamics of Influence: Mani Kaul's 'Non-Representational' Cinema." Transnational Cinemas 4.1 (April 2013): 3-24. (Download Article)
- "Cinema(s) of Quality." In Directory of World Cinema: France, edited by Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael, 140-148. Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2012.
- "Hidden Hands at Work: Authorship, the Intentional Flux, and the Dynamics of Collaboration." In A Companion to Media Authorship, edited by Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson, 112-132. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. (Download Article)
- “Bresson in the 1930s: Photography, Cinema, Milieu." (Download Article)
In Robert Bresson Revised, edited by James Quandt, 202-225. Toronto: TIFF, 2012.
- “Arnheim on Style History.” In Arnheim for Film and Media Studies, edited by Scott Higgins, 229-247. New York: Routledge, 2010. (Download Article)
- “A New Look at the Concept of Style in Film: The Origins and Development of the
Problem-Solution Model.” New Review of Film and Television Studies 6.2 (August 2008): 127- 149.
- “Muting the Image: Lighting and Photo-Chemical Techniques of Bresson’s
Cinematographers.” Studies in French Cinema 6.3 (2006): 219-230.
- "In Search of the Pictorial Intelligence." Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture (December 2013) (Download Article)