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Walter Metz

Walter Metz, Professor


Walter Metz is a Full Professor in the School of Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned a Ph.D. in Radio/Television/Film at the University of Texas at Austin in 1996, and holds an S.B. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (1989). He is the author of three books: Engaging Film Criticism: Film History and Contemporary American Cinema (2004), Bewitched (2007), and Gilligan’s Island (2012). He is also the author of sixty refereed journal articles and book chapters about the intertextual relationships between film, television, novels, and theatre. His work roves across disciplines, grappling with the importance of audio-visual productions for understanding such disparate subjects as gender, comedy, poetry, opera, the Cold War, the Holocaust, science, and animals.

Walter Metz

Phone: 618-453-2298
Office: COMM 1112

CV (pdf)


  • Film Criticism
  • Photography Theory in Light of the Cinema
  • Theater and Mass Media
  • Non-Narrative Film and Television
  • Short Cinema Studies
  • The Television Sitcom


Ph.D. at University of Texas, Austin, 1996


Contemporary film and television criticism and theory, literature and film, science and film, post-war American culture.