Nicholas Sammond


Associate Professor
C
inema Studies Institute and Department of English

Office: Room 231E, Innis College
Phone:  416-978-7271
Email: nic.sammond@utoronto.ca

 

Research and Teaching:

Nicholas Sammond studies the political economy and cultural history and of popular media. He has just completed Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation (Duke University Press, 2015), which explores the historical relationship between blackface minstrelsy and the origins of the American animation industry. He is also completing an online companion to this work, which features all of the cartoons and historical texts discussed in the book (http://scalar.usc.edu/works/birthofanindustry/index). His award-winning previous book, Babes in Tomorrowland: Walt Disney and the Making of the American Child, 1930-1960 (Duke, 2005) charted the circulation of concepts of childhood through popular child-rearing and the public relations and films of Walt Disney Productions. Professor Sammond is also the editor of the volume Steel Chair to the Head: the Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling (Duke University Press, 2005). He has also created the Early Animation Wiki (www.rarebit.org), a research tool developed in collaboration with the International Film Animation Society (ASIFA Hollywood), and an animation research station in the Innis College Library, which offers access to thousands of rare film shorts, original artwork, and biographical and bibliographic information on animators and animation studios. His next research project involves a detailed historical study of fluid abjection in Cold War comic books, comix, and animation.

Professor Sammond regularly teaches courses on film and media history, animation, media and cultural practice, comedy, political resistance and media, and media and childhood. At the graduate level, he teaches courses on cinema and culture, histories of cinematic media, media and racial formation, theories of viewing, and media theory.

 

Education

Ph.D.     University of California, San Diego (1999)
M.Phil.   University of California, San Diego (1996)
B.A.        Wesleyan University (1983)

 

Select Publications:

Books

Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation (Duke University Press, 2015).

Babes in Tomorrowland: Walt Disney and the making of the American child, 1930-1960. (Duke University Press, 2005).

 

Books Edited

Steel Chair to the Head: Essays on Professional Wrestling. Nicholas Sammond, ed. (Duke University Press, 2005).

 

Articles in Academic Journals

“Touched by Le Roy: Teens, Tourette’s, and YouTube in the Twilight of Neoliberalism.” WSQ 43:1 (June 2015).

“The Writing on the Wall: Learning and Teaching Graffiti.” With Anna Creadick. Transformations 24:2 (Winter 2014).

“A Space Apart: Animation and the Spatial Politics of Conversion” Rob King, guest ed. Film History 23:3 (2011).

“Hidden, or Fear of a Black Planet.” Jump Cut 52 (Summer 2010).

“Picture Yourself: Lillian Gilbreth’s Industrial Cinema for the Home.” Camera Obscura 21:3 (December 2006).

“Manufacturing the American Child: Child-rearing and the Rise of Walt Disney.” Continuum 13:1 (April 1999).

 

Articles in Books

"Gentlemen, Please Be Seated: Racial Masquerade and Sadomasochism in 1930's Animation." Stephen Johnson, ed. Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).

“Walt Disney’s Dumbo: Governing Individualism.” In Julia Mickenberg and Lynn Vallone, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature (Oxford University Press, 2011).

"‘Who Dat Say Who Dat?’: Race and Humor in American Animation” in Daniel Goldmark and Charlie Keil, eds., Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood (University of California Press, 2011).

“Introduction.” In Nicholas Sammond, ed. Steel Chair to the Head: Essays on Professional Wrestling. (Duke University Press, 2005).

“Squaring the Family Circle.” In Nicholas Sammond, ed. Steel Chair to the Head: the Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling. (Duke University Press, 2005).

“ ‘What You Are ... I Wouldn’t Eat’: ethnicity, whiteness, and performing ‘the Jew’ in Hollywood’s Golden Age” (Primary author; Chandra Mukerji, co-author). In Daniel Bernardi, ed. Classic Whiteness/Classic Hollywood (University of Minnesota Press, 2001),


Other

Online companion to Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation (Duke University Press, 2015), http://scalar.usc.edu/works/birthofanindustry/index

“Commodities, Commodity Fetishism, and Commodification.” The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology, George Ritzer, ed. (Blackwell 2011).

“Commodities, Commodity Fetishism, and Commodification.” The Encyclopedia of Sociology, George Ritzer, ed. (Blackwell 2006).

“Domestic Comedy and Family Drama.” The Encyclopedia of American Boyhood, Priscilla Clement, ed. (ABC-CLIO, 2001).

“Early Animation Wiki: www.rarebit.org

 

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