John Fawell


Professor of Humanities


BA General Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago
MA Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
PhD Comparative Literature, University of Chicago

Research Interests

19th-century European literature; film, particularly studio-era Hollywood

Selected Publications


The Essence of Chaplin: The Style, the Rhythm and the Grace of a Masterartofhollywoodsergiohitchcock








Ernst Lubitsch’s Student Prince in Old Heidelberg: The Art of the Classical Hollywood Film, forthcoming Rowman & Littlefield

The Essence of Chaplin: The Style, the Rhythm and the Grace of a Master, McFarland Press, 2014.

The Hidden Art of Hollywood: In Defense of the Studio Era Film, Praeger Press, 2008.

The Art of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West: A Critical Appreciation, McFarland Press, 2005.

Hitchcock’ Rear Window: The Well-Made Film, Southern Illinois University Press, 2001, (paperback version, 2004).


Feature Commentary, Universal Studios Legacy Edition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, 2008 (re-released in Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition), Blu-ray, 2012)


“Collaborative Learning: a Few Reservations,” forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly

“Experiential Learning: a Few Reservations,” Academe, 103:6, (November-December 2017): online only

“Interdisciplinary Practices: A Few Reservations,” Academic Questions, 29:3, (Fall 2016): 303-311.

“Romanticism, Spirituality and the Modern University,” forthcoming in Midwest Quarterly, Spring 2016.

“Chaplin, Satirist,” in La Figure de Charlot et ses avators, eds. Morgane Jourdren and Pierre-Marie Loizeau, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015.

“An Earthy Sacredness: Maupassant’s and Van Gogh’s Christian Materialism,” in Dynamics of Desacralization: Disenchanted Literary Talents, ed. Paola Partenze. Goettingen Germany: V&I Press, 2015.

“Hardy, the Churchiest Atheist,” in Poetry and Religion: Figures of the Sacred, eds. Ineke Bockting, Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec, Cathy Park. Bern: Peter Lang Press, 2013.

“The Magnificent Ambersons,” in Il Cinema Americano Attreverso I Film, ed. Leonardo Gandini. Rome: Carocci Press, 2011.

“Films that Survive Literature,” North Dakota Quarterly (Summer 2009): 98-110

“Maupassant’s ‘Idyll:’ The Art of the Simple Tale,” Midwest Quarterly, 49:3 (Spring 2008): 314-325

“Torturing Women and Mocking Men: Hitchcock’s Rear Window,” Midwest Quarterly, 44: 1 (Autumn 2002): 88-145

“A Loneliness Amidst a Populace: Hitchcock’s Rear Window,North Dakota Quarterly, 68:1 (Winter 2001): 107-121

“Stage Fright: Alfred Hitchcock’s Fear of Acting.” Film Criticism, 36:1 (Fall 2001): 25-42

“Fashion Dreams: Hitchcock, Women and Lisa Fremont,” Literature/Film Quarterly 28:4 (2000): 274-284

“The Sound of Loneliness, Rear Window’s Soundtrack,” Studies in the Humanities. 27.1 (2000): 62-75

“The Art of Digression: Blake Edwards’ Skin Deep,” Literature/Film Quarterly 24.2 (1996): 177-83

“The Globe-trotting Professor: David Lodge’s Romance of the Modern Literary Critic,” The Midwest Quarterly 37.2 (Winter 1996): 183-95

“Cruel Fates:  Parallels Between Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex,” The Armchair Detective 29.2 (Spring 1996): 178-193

“Nine Thoughts Upon Seeing the Celebrated Schindler’s List,” Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts Review, 5.1 (November 1995)

“Eric Rohmer’s Oppressive Summers,” French Review 66:5 (April 1993): 777-787

“The Allure of Stiva Oblonsky in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina,” Kentucky Review, 12.1 (Autumn 1993): 48-59

“Why are Videos so …Violent,” Lamar Journal of the Humanities, 19:1 (1993): 57-63

“Taking Silly Girls Seriously: Eric Rohmer’s Comedies et Proverbes,” French American Review 23.2 (Winter 1992): 50-57

“The Total Act: Paul Valery’s “L’Ame et la danse,” Dalhousie Review, 72.3 (Fall 1992): 368-381

“Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’: Sorrow as Prayer,” University of Dayton Review 21.3 (Spring 1992): 43-50

“Sound and Silence, Image and Invisibility, in Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle,” Literature/Film Quarterly 18.4 (1990): 221-230

“The Musicality of the Film Script,” Literature/Film Quarterly, 17.1 (1989): 44-50