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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 25, 2015

Canadian Excellence
Release date: Nov. 1, 2013

Dr. Katherine Spring

Associate Professor (on leave)

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4149
Fax: 519-884-8307
Office Location: DAWB 3-156
Office Hours: On leave
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Academic Background

Ph.D. & M.A., Communication Studies (Film Studies); coursework minors in Music; Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hon.B.Sc., Cinema Studies and Physics, University of Toronto.

Additional Information

Selected Publications

Saying it with Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema, 1927-1931 (Oxford University Press, 2013).

"Walk This Way: The Pedagogical Value of Soundwalking to the Study of Film Sound," Music and the Moving Image 5.2 (Summer 2012).

"'To Sustain Illusion is All That is Necessary': The Authenticity of Song Performance in Early American Sound Cinema," Beyond Vitaphone: The Early Sound Short, ed. Rob King. Spec. issue of Film History: An International Journal 23.3 (2011).

"Chance Encounters of the Musical Kind: Electronica and Audiovisual Synchronization in Three Films Directed by Tom Tykwer," Music and the Moving Image 3.3 (2010).

"Pop Go the Warner Bros., et al." Marketing Film Songs During the Coming of Sound," Cinema Journal 48.1 (2008).

"Now It's Personal: Style, Narrative, and Irony in A Hero Never Dies," in Milkyway Image, Beyond Imagination: Wai Ka-fai, Johnnie To, Creative Team (1996-2005). Ed. Lawrence Pun. Hong Kong: Joint Publishing, 2006.

Courses Taught

Film and Narrative; Film History 1895-1939; American Film 1929-1969; Classical Film Theory; Hong Kong Cinema; Early Film; Film Sound, Music & Narrative; Film and Technology; Film Melodrama (graduate seminar); Film Historiography (graduate seminar).

External Grants

Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Hong Kong Film Music in the Age of Digital Media, 1983-1997.

What I've Been Reading Lately

Yiu-Wai Chu, Lost in Transition: Hong Kong Culture in the Age of China (SUNY Press, 2013).

Joanna Demers, Listening Through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music(Oxford UP, 2010).

Lea Jacobs, Film Rhythm After Sound(U California P, 2014).

Jonathan Sterne, ed., The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012).

Steven Ward,Neoliberalism and the Global Restructuring of Knowledge and Education (Routledge, 2012).

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