Marc Dolan
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PhD Harvard University (1988, History of American Civilization)
AB Harvard College (1983, American History and Literature)

Marc Dolan is Professor of English, American Studies, and Film Studies at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  Born in New Jersey and trained in Massachusetts, he has been firmly planted in Brooklyn for the last few decades.  

JJC Affiliations
English, Film Studies
Courses Taught

Introduction to Film

Scholarly Work

" Scenes from a Disagreement: The Novel vs. the Moving Image, 1940-2020” and “’What Made You Give a Shit?’: Clockers (1992) vs. Clockers (1995),” in The Oxford History of the Novel In English, Volume 8: American Fiction since 1940, ed. Cyrus R. K. Patell and Deborah Lindsay Williams.  New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2020.

Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2012 (US & UK) Published in Australia by John Wiley & Sons.  Translated into Norwegian by Tom Thorsteinson, as Bruce Springsteen et liv med rock 'n' roll (Oslo: Libretto Forlag, 2015).  Translated into Czech by Michal Bystrov as Bruce Springsteen neni to jen rock ‘n’ roll (Prague: Galen Publishing, 2015).

“The Neverending Series: The Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Past/Present/Future of Mass Media Narrative.”  In David Lavery and Angela Hague, eds.  Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the Television Theory of Tomorrow.  London: Wallflower Press, 2002.  159-72.

Modern Lives: A Cultural Re-Reading of “The Lost Generation”.   West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 1996.

“Four Faces of The Confidence-Man: An Academic Blind Man’s Zoo.”   ESQ 38 (1993): 133-160.

Honors and Awards

Certificate of Merit, Best Research in Recorded Rock Music, Association for Recorded Sound Collections, 2013

Research Summary

Marc Dolan is a scholar of media and US creativity.  In addition to his book-length scholarship, he has also published and lectured on Herman Melville, Margaret Fuller, Bessie Smith, Ellery Queen, the idea of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Chicago, the aesthetics of punk rock and television narrative, Aaron Copland’s score for Our Town, Jim Jarmusch’s vision of New Orleans, and Fozzie Bear, among other topics.  Beyond the academy, he has written for Salon and Politico