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Dr David Eldridge

Senior Lecturer in American Studies

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Histories Languages and Cultures

Summary

A cultural historian and key member of the American Studies team at Hull since 2000, Dr David Eldridge specialises in American history and Hollywood cinema. He has published major volumes on the cultural history of the 1930s and Hollywood's construction of history, along with papers on subjects as diverse as the New Deal's Federal Theatre Project, the musicals of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, and the film adaptations of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. Dr Eldridge is currently researching the impact that censorship has on Hollywood's representations of the past, and uncovering the 'alternative history' of Hollywood movies that were never produced.

Postgraduate

Dr Eldridge welcomes applications from students exploring aspects of - historical films and the engagement of American popular culture with historiography - 20th century American cultural history (especially from the 1930s to the 1950s) - the history of censorship in the USA

Book Chapter

Some like it hot and the virtues of not taking history too seriously

Eldridge, D. Some like it hot and the virtues of not taking history too seriously. The University of Hull

Filming Our Town (1940) or the problem of "looking at everything hard enough"

Eldridge, D. Filming Our Town (1940) or the problem of "looking at everything hard enough". The University of Hull

Journal Article

Bennett, Breen, and the birdman of alcatraz: A case study of collaborative censorship between the production code administration and the federal bureau of prisons

Eldridge, D. (2016). Bennett, Breen, and the birdman of alcatraz: A case study of collaborative censorship between the production code administration and the federal bureau of prisons. Film History, 28(2), 1-31. https://doi.org/10.2979/filmhistory.28.2.02

Britain finds Andy Hardy: British cinema audiences and the American way of life in the Second World War

Eldridge, D. (2011). Britain finds Andy Hardy: British cinema audiences and the American way of life in the Second World War. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 31(4), 499-521. doi:10.1080/01439685.2011.620842

The generic American psycho

Eldridge, D. (2008). The generic American psycho. Journal of American Studies, 42(1), (19-33). doi:10.1017/S0021875807004355. ISSN 0021-8758