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Kathryn Kalinak

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 363
(401) 456-8669
(401) 456-8028

Academic Background

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

Courses Taught

ART 590 Directed Graduate Study
ARTM 590 Directed Study Media Studies
ARTM 691 Thesis in Media Studies
ENGL 202 Introduction to Literary Study II
ENGL 460 Seminar In Major Authors & Themes
ENGL 591 Directed Reading
FILM 116 Approaches to Film & Film Criticism
FILM 220 History of Film I
FILM 262 Film & Representation: Cross Cultural Projections – Japan and the United States
FILM 351 Akira Kurosawa
FILM 351 Cecil B. DeMille
FILM 351 D. W. Griffith
FILM 351 John Ford
FILM 351 Orson Welles
FILM 351 Walt Disney
FILM 352 Melodrama
FILM 352 Musicals
FILM 352 Westerns
FILM 353 Global Film Music
FILM 353 Hollywood Film Scores
FILM 353 Hollywood Studio System
FILM 550 Topics
FYS Film Music


Film Music, Sound, Westerns, Silent Film, the Hollywood Studio System, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Disney


Professor Kalinak has published numerous articles and several books on film music. She is currently at work on anthology on sound in the Rutgers University Press series Behind the Silver Screen.

Sample Publications

Music and the Western: Notes From the Frontier
. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Music in the Western presents essays by film studies scholars and musicologists on core issues in western film scores: their history, their generic conventions, and their ideological import. The essays cover the genre of the western from its generation and development in Hollywood to its international impact from Europe to Asia.

Film Music: A Very Short Introduction
. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

An introduction to the discipline of film music, Film Music: A Very Short Introduction is an overview of the history, theory, and practice of film music. It embraces a global perspective examining film music in Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, as well as the US and western Europe.

How the West Was Sung: Music and the Westerns of John Ford.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007

James Stewart once said, "For John Ford, there was no need for dialogue. The music said it all." How the West Was Sung is a comprehensive analysis of the music in Ford's iconic westerns. Employing a variety of critical approaches and incorporating original archival research, the book explores the director's oft-noted predilection for American folk song, hymnody, and period music.

Settling the Score: Music and the Classical Hollywood Film
. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.

Settling the Score situates the music that developed to accompany Hollywood films of the studio era in historical, institutional, cultural, musical, and theoretical contexts and examines the conventions and strategies underpinning the classical Hollywood model, the most powerful and influential relationship to have developed between music and film.

Awards and Affiliations

Mary Tucker Thorp Professor of Rhode Island College, 2011

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