Rashna Richards

Associate Professor of English, Chair of Film Studies
(901) 843-3399
Palmer Hall, 308B

Rashna Richards is Associate Professor and T. K. Young Chair of English. She also directs the Film Studies program. Her teaching and research interests include American film and television, critical theory, and transnational cultural studies. Her first book, Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood (Indiana UP, 2013), offered a cinephiliac history of the studio system. Her next book, For the Love of Cinema: Teaching Our Passion in and outside the Classroom, is an edited collection (with David T. Johnson, Associate Professor of English, Salisbury University), and it is forthcoming with Indiana University Press. She is now working on a monograph that investigates the intertextual relationship between the AMC TV show Mad Men and the movies of its era. Vita


  Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2013.






"Translating Cool: From Hollywood to Bollywood via Hong Kong." Transnational Film Remakes. Eds. Constantine Verevis and Iain Robert Smith. Forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

"Love, Desi Style: Arranged Marriage and Transnational Mobility." Under Review at Camera Obscura.

"(Not) Kramer vs. Kumar: The Contemporary Bollywood Remake as Glocal Masala Film." Quarterly Review of Film and Video 28.4 (2011): 342-52.

"Unsynched: The Contrapuntal Sounds of Luis Buñuel′s L′Age d′Or." Film Criticism 33.2 (2008-09): 23-43.

"Loose Ends: The Stuff That Movies Are Made of." Arizona Quarterly 63.4 (2007): 83-118.

"Show-Stoppers: 1937 and the Chance Encounter with Chiffons." Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 48.2 (2007): 84-110.

"So Many Fragments, So Many Beginnings, So Many Pleasures: The Neglected Detail(s) in Film Theory."Criticism 45.2 (2003): 173-95.

Short Essays and Reviews
"Nothingness, Spectacle, Cinema." Film Quarterly 61.4 (2008): 92-93.

Review of Mira Nair′s The Namesake. Scope 10 (2008).

"Re-Viewing Cinephilia: The Movement and the Moment." Politics and Culture 1 (2006).

"Humphrey Bogart." Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia. Eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003. 95-96.


Ph.D., English (Film and Media Studies), University of Florida, 2006
M.A., English, West Virginia University, 2001
M.A., English, University of Mumbai, India, 1999
B.S., Business, Narsee Monjee College, India, 1997