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Max Bledstein
103 Bland St.
Ashfield, NSW 2131
0426-803-552
m.bledstein@student.unsw.edu

Research Interests: Film Studies, Media Studies, Trauma Studies, Postcolonial Studies

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate, Film Studies Degree expected July 2022


University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Thesis: ‘Terrors of Identity: Horror and Historical Trauma in Contemporary Iranian Cinema’
Supervisor: Dr Michelle Langford

M.A., Cultural Studies: Texts and Cultures Degree granted October 2017
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
Independent Study: ‘Theories of the Gaze Post-Mulvey’
Supervisor: Dr Heather Milne

B.A., Honours English: Cultural Studies Degree granted October 2016


McGill University, Montreal, QC

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles:

‘Demythologizing Honest Abe: Visual Representations of Emotion in Noah Van Sciver's


The Hypo.’ Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 2, no. 3 (2018): 334-52.

‘Gaming Together: The Communal Journey in Upper One Games’ Never Alone.’
RoundTable, vol. 1, no. 1, 2017, p. 6. doi:10.24877/rt.12.

Book Chapters:

‘Federal Bureau of Illustration: Comic Book Depictions of J. Edgar Hoover.’ Drawing


the Past. Eds. Michael Goodrum, David Hall, and Philip Smith. University Press of
Mississippi. Accepted for publication – Forthcoming 2019.
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Review Essays:

‘The Terror of Childness in Modern Horror Cinema.’ Jeunesse: Young People, Texts,
Cultures, vol. 9 no. 1, 2017, pp. 150-162. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/jeu.2017.0017.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Course Convenor:

30.151: University Writing. Brandon University, Spring/Summer 2018.

30.147: Literary Traditions. Brandon University, Spring/Summer 2018.

ENGL-3980-245/256: Topics in Comics and Graphic Narratives, University of Winnipeg,


Winter 2018.

Tutor:

ARTS1060: Introduction to Film Studies taught by Dr Michelle Langford, University of


New South Wales, Term 1 2019.

ENGL-2145(6)-001: Field of Cultural Studies taught by Dr Bruno Cornellier, University


of Winnipeg, Fall/Winter 2017-18.

ENGL-1001-003: English 1 taught by Rebecca Widdicombe, University of Winnipeg,


Fall/Winter 2017-18.

ENGL-1004-001: Introduction to English - Reading Culture taught by Cy-Thea Sand,


University of Winnipeg, Spring 2017.

Graduate Student Tutor, University of Winnipeg, August 2016 - April 2018.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

‘A Fantastical Event: The Historical Graphic Narrative of Marjane Satrapi's Chicken


With Plums.’ World Literatures and the Global South Conference, University of Sydney,
forthcoming August 2019.

‘Honest Abe Saves the Day: Lincoln as Comic Book Hero.’ Superheroes Beyond
Conference, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 8 December 2018.
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‘Queering the Gaze: Visual Pleasure in Todd Haynes’s Carol.’ Screen Studies Association
of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Conference, Monash University, 23 November
2018.
‘Writing the Monstrous: Scott Derrickson's Sinister as Contemporary Frankenstein
Narrative.’ Technologies of Frankenstein: 1818-2018, Stevens Institute of Technology,
9 March 2018.

‘History Illustrated: The Mixed Media of Ho Che Anderson's King.’ pAGES and EFTSA
Colloquium, University of Manitoba, 1 February 2018.

‘Un-Drawn Experience: The Visualization of Trauma in Aleksandar Zograf’s Regards


from Serbia.’ Peace and Conflict Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of
Manitoba, 27 October 2017.

‘Deconstructing Honest Abe: Visual Representations of Emotion in Noah Van Sciver’s


The Hypo.’ Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo Academic Track, 29 April 2017.

‘Beyond Stereotypes: Understanding Color and Characterization in David Mazzucchelli’s


Asterios Polyp.’ Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National
Conference, San Diego, 13 April 2017.

‘Pastiche as Pedagogy: Reclaiming Stereotypes in Peter Bagge’s Woman Rebel.’


Women’s & Gender Studies Annual Colloquium, University of Winnipeg, 8 April 2017.

‘Gaming Together: Communal Engagement and Survival in Never Alone.’ pAGES


Colloquium, University of Manitoba, 3 February 2017.

‘Eating Identity: Gender, Religion, and Food in Transparent.’ Transparent: A


Multidisciplinary Symposium, University of Rochester, 1 December 2016.

‘An Epistolary Superhero: The Richardsonian Lineage of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.’


Console-ing Passions Conference, University of Notre Dame, 16 June 2016.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

‘Terrifying Tough-Guy: Problematising the Luti in Fereydoun Jeyrani’s Parkway.’


Sydney Screen Studies Network, University of New South Wales, forthcoming October
2019.

‘Colouring Utopia: Reading Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq through Dyer.’ Department of English,
University of Winnipeg, 14 November 2017.
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‘Training for Capitalism: Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and Althusser.’ Department of


English, University of Winnipeg, 20 July 2017.

‘The Critical Reception of Chester Brown’s Louis Riel.’ Department of English,


University of Winnipeg, 20 September 2016.

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Fellow, Project GraphicBio, University of Winnipeg, September 2016 - August


2017.
Supervisor: Dr Candida Rifkind
Tasks: writing literature reviews, compiling annotated bibliographies, reviewing graphic
biographies, researching copyright processes for image reproduction in scholarly articles.

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Summer Research Institute,


Bowling Green State University, May 2017.
Research Project: ‘Picturing Historiography: Comic Book Biographies of American
Historical Figures.’

AWARDS AND ACADEMIC HONOURS

Scientia PhD scholarship, University of New South Wales, July 2018 - July 2022.
$200,000 AUD.

Governor General’s Gold Medal, University of Winnipeg, June 2018.

Graduate Student of High Distinction, University of Winnipeg, June 2018.

Research Fellowship for Project GraphicBio, Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council, University of Winnipeg, September 2016 - August 2017. $17,500 CAD.

Popular Culture Association Summer Research Institute Travel Grant, Popular Culture
Association, May 2017. $400 USD.

Research Fellowship Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg, April 2017. $1000 CAD.

Graduate Student Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg, March 2017. $750 CAD.

University of Winnipeg Students’ Association Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg,


January 2017. $400 CAD.
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Susan B. Anthony Institute Travel Grant, University of Rochester, December 2016. $350
USD.

Arts Undergraduate Society Travel Grant, McGill University, June 2016. $500 CAD.

Nominated for the Algy Smillie Noad Memorial Prize for Best English Honours
Essay, McGill University, May 2016

ASSOCIATIONS

Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (SSAAANZ)