William Beard

Bill Beard

Professor

Email: bill.beard@ualberta.ca
Office: 4-17 Humanities Centre
Office Hours: By appointment

Education

BA University of Alberta (1967), MA University of California Berkeley (1969), PhD King’s College University of London (1974)

Supervisory and Research Interests

Cinemas of David Cronenberg, Clint Eastwood, Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan. Canadian national cinema. Film genre.

Courses Taught

(Film Studies only)
Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Film History (I); The Art of the Filmmaker; Hollywood genres: The Western; Hollywood genres: The Gangster Film; Hollywood genres: Film Noir; Canadian cinema; Documentary cinema; Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; New German Cinema; Hollywood Cinema of the 1970s; Italian Cinema; Italian Neorealist Cinema; German Cinema; Silent Cinema; Topics in Filmmakers (courses on David Cronenberg, Clint Eastwood, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Fritz Lang, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, Carl Dreyer & Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu & Mikio Naruse, Erich von Stroheim & Josef von Sternberg, Jean Renoir & Kenji Mizoguchi & Max Ophuls).

Representative Publications

- The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg (University of Toronto Press 2001, enlarged paperback edition 2006).
- “A.I.: or, the Agony of Steven Spielberg.” CineAction 66 (April 2005), 2-11.
- “Atom Egoyan: Unnatural Relations,” in Great Canadian Film Directors, ed. George Melnyk (University of Alberta Press, 2007, 99-124).
- “The Violent Death of Hollywood Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho,” in A New Literary History of America, ed. Greil Marcus, David Thomson et. al. (Harvard University Press 2008, 885-9).
- Into the Past: The Cinema of Guy Maddin (University of Toronto Press 2009).
- “Lies of Our Fathers: mythology and artifice in Eastwood’s cinema,” in New Essays on Clint Eastwood, ed. Leonard Engel. University of Utah Press, 2012, 224-248).