Alexander Svensson received his Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research primarily focuses on horror media, promotional culture, and digital forms of media production, exhibition, circulation, and reception. In particular, his current work is invested in the exploration of often contentious and controversial reactions to horror promotional texts and experiences, ranging from dislike, fear, and disgust, to personal traumas, moral panics, and censorship. His other teaching and research interests include studies of mediated public and private space; documentary and found footage; issues of privacy and surveillance; second screen technologies; and experimental and avant-garde film and video.
Since 2017, he has been a regular Technical Instructor of Film at MIT, and is excited to return as a lecturer. He also currently teaches courses on media criticism, theory, and the history of the media arts at Emerson College.
His most recent writing can be found in the new book Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Political Horror (ed. Dawn Keetley); other work can be found in Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, Transformative Works and Cultures, in media res, and Brattle Theatre Film Notes Blog.
21L.011 Introduction to Film Studies (Fall 2020)
21L.011 Introduction to Film Studies (Spring 2021)
21L.433 Film Styles and Genres: Body Genres: Horror, Comedy, and Melodrama (Spring 2021)
21L.706 Studies in Film: Lost and Found Footage (Fall 2020)
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