Faculty Profile

Harry Benshoff

Harry Benshoff

Title
Chair
Department
Media Arts
College
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

    

Education

PhD, University of Southern California, 1996.
Major: Cinema-Television (Critical Studies)
MA, University of Southern California, 1992.
Major: Cinema-Television
Degree Specialization: Critical Studies
BA, Franklin and Marshall College, 1985.
Major: English

Current Scheduled Teaching*

MRTS 4900.713, Special Problems, Summer 2024

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

MRTS 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2024 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2024 SPOT
MRTS 3482.001, Radio Practicum, Spring 2024
MRTS 3460.001, Diversity in U.S. Cinema, Fall 2023 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 3482.001, Radio Practicum, Fall 2023
MRTS 3482.001, Radio Practicum, Summer 10W 2023
MRTS 4900.713, Special Problems, Summer 5W2 2023
MRTS 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2023 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2023 SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2023
MRTS 3410.001, Intermediate Topics in Media Studies, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2022
MRTS 3482.001, Radio Practicum, Fall 2022
MRTS 5420.001, African American Film, Spring 2022 SPOT
MRTS 4520.001, Africian American Film, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 3410.001, Intermediate Topics in Media Studies, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2022
MRTS 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2021 SPOT
MRTS 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Fall 2021 SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2021
MRTS 3465.001, American Film History, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 3410.001, Intermediate Topics in Media Studies, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5435.001, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2021
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2020
MRTS 4350.100, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2020 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5515.100, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 3W1 2020 SPOT
MRTS 5420.001, African American Film, Spring 2020 Syllabus
MRTS 4520.001, Africian American Film, Spring 2020 Syllabus
MRTS 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2020 Syllabus
MRTS 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2020 Syllabus
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2020
MRTS 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2019 SPOT
MRTS 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5435.001, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2019 SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2019
MRTS 5804.001, MFA Colloquium, Fall 2019
MRTS 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2019 SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2019
MRTS 3465.001, American Film History, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2018 SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2018
MRTS 4900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2018
MRTS 5900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2018
MRTS 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2018 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5420.001, African American Film, Spring 2018 SPOT
MRTS 5420.791, African American Film, Spring 2018 SPOT
MRTS 4520.001, Africian American Film, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2018
MRTS 5515.002, Media Genres and Authors, Spring 2018 SPOT
MRTS 4415.002, Topics in Film and Television Genres, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2017 SPOT
MRTS 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5435.001, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2017 SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2017
MRTS 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2017 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2017 SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2017
MRTS 5900.713, Special Problems, Spring 2017
MRTS 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2016 SPOT
MRTS 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2016 Syllabus SPOT
MRTS 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2016
MRTS 5900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2016
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2016 Syllabus SPOT
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 3W1 2016 SPOT
RTVF 3465.001, American Film History, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2016
RTVF 5420.001, African American Film, Fall 2015 SPOT
RTVF 4520.001, Africian American Film, Fall 2015 Syllabus SPOT
RTVF 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2015 SPOT
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2015 Syllabus SPOT
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2015
RTVF 4900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2015
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2015 Syllabus
RTVF 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2015 Syllabus
RTVF 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2015
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2015
RTVF 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2014
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2014
RTVF 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2014 Syllabus
RTVF 5435.001, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2014
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2014
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2014 Syllabus
RTVF 4951.713, Honors College Capstone Thesis, Summer 5W2 2014
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2014 Syllabus
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2014
RTVF 5900.713, Special Problems, Spring 2014
RTVF 4415.001, Topics in Film and Television Genres, Spring 2014 Syllabus
RTVF 5420.001, African American Film, Fall 2013
RTVF 4520.001, Africian American Film, Fall 2013 Syllabus
RTVF 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2013
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2013 Syllabus
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2013
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2013
RTVF 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2013 Syllabus
RTVF 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2013
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2013
RTVF 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2012
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2012
RTVF 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2012 Syllabus
RTVF 5435.001, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2012
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2012
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2012
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 3W1 2012
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2012
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2012
RTVF 5900.713, Special Problems, Spring 2012
RTVF 4415.003, Topics in Film and Television Genres, Spring 2012 Syllabus
RTVF 5420.001, African American Film, Fall 2011
RTVF 4520.001, Africian American Film, Fall 2011 Syllabus
RTVF 5120.001, Critical Cultural Media Theory, Fall 2011
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2011
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2011
RTVF 5900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2011
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2011
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 3W1 2011
RTVF 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2011 Syllabus
RTVF 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2011
RTVF 1320.001, Introduction to Film Studies, Spring 2011 Syllabus
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2011
RTVF 1320.001, Introduction to Film Studies, Fall 2010 Syllabus
RTVF 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2010 Syllabus
RTVF 5435.001, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2010
RTVF 5435.791, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2010
RTVF 5120.001, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Fall 2010
RTVF 5120.791, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Fall 2010
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2010
RTVF 5900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2010
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2010
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 3W1 2010
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2010
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2010
RTVF 4415.002, Topics in Film and Television Genres, Spring 2010
RTVF 5420.001, African American Film, Fall 2009
RTVF 4520.001, Africian American Film, Fall 2009
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2009
RTVF 5120.001, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Fall 2009
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2009
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 5W2 2009
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 5W2 2009
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Spring 2009
RTVF 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2009
RTVF 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2009
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2009
RTVF 3610.001, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2008
RTVF 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2008
RTVF 5435.001, Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2008
RTVF 5120.001, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Fall 2008
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2008
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 3W1 2008
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 3W1 2008
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2008
RTVF 3610.003, Film and Television Analysis, Fall 2007
RTVF 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Fall 2007
RTVF 5430.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Fall 2007
RTVF 5120.002, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Fall 2007
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2007
RTVF 4900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2007
RTVF 5900.713, Special Problems, Fall 2007
RTVF 4350.001, Film Authors, Summer 5W1 2007
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2007
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Summer 5W1 2007
RTVF 4520.001, Africian American Film, Spring 2007
RTVF 3610.001, Film Analysis, Spring 2007
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2007
RTVF 5530.001, Studies in Film History, Spring 2007
RTVF 5530.791, Studies in Film History, Spring 2007
RTVF 3610.003, Film Analysis, Fall 2006
RTVF 4540.001, Lesbian, Gay and Queer Film and Video, Fall 2006
RTVF 5120.002, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Fall 2006
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2006
RTVF 5515.002, Media Genres and Authors, Fall 2006
RTVF 5515.792, Media Genres and Authors, Fall 2006
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2006
RTVF 1320.001, Perspectives on Film, Summer 3W1 2006
RTVF 3610.001, Film Analysis, Spring 2006
RTVF 4350.002, Film Authors, Spring 2006
RTVF 4530.001, Gender and Sexuality in the Horror Film, Spring 2006
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2006
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Spring 2006
RTVF 5530.001, Studies in Film History, Spring 2006
RTVF 3610.003, Film Analysis, Fall 2005
RTVF 5120.002, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Fall 2005
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2005
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2005
RTVF 1320.001, Perspectives on Film, Summer 3W1 2005
RTVF 5120.001, Literature of Radio, Television and Film I, Spring 2005
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Spring 2005
RTVF 5515.001, Media Genres and Authors, Spring 2005
RTVF 5900.713, Special Problems, Spring 2005
RTVF 4415.001, Topics in Film and Television Genres, Spring 2005
RTVF 5950.713, Master's Thesis, Fall 2004
RTVF 5515.003, Media Genres and Authors, Fall 2004
RTVF 1320.002, Perspectives on Film, Fall 2004
RTVF 4415.003, Topics in Film and Television Genres, Fall 2004

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book
Benshoff, H. M. (2014). The Companion to the Horror Film.
Benshoff, H. M. (2011). Dark Shadows ..
Benshoff, H. M. (2006). Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America..
Benshoff, H. M. (2004). Queer Cinema: The Film Reader..
Benshoff, H. M. (1997). Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film..
Book Chapter
Benshoff, H. M. (2024). "Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1968)". Screening American Cinema. Oxfordshire: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Benshoff, H. M. (2019). Blaxploitation Filmmaking. A Companion to the Cult Film. NYC, NY: Routledge.
Benshoff, H. M. (2014). "Introduction" and "Horror Before the Horror Film".
Benshoff, H. M. (2011). "'Forever Family' Values: Twilight (2008) and the Modern Mormon Vampire," in Horror After 9/11, eds. Aviva Briefel and Sam J. Miller. Co-author with Travis Sutton (former RTVF graduate student), forthcoming Texas UP, 2010..
Benshoff, H. M. (2011). "'Way Too Gay to be Ignored': Queer Horror in the 21st Century," in Teratologies, eds. Kay Picart and John Browning..
Benshoff, H. M. (2010). " Gus Van Sant," in Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers, ed. Yvonne Tasker. .
Benshoff, H. M. (2009). "(Broke)back to the Mainstream: Queer Theory and Queer Cinemas Today," in Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies, ed. Warren Buckland. New York: Routledge, 2009. Pp. 192-213..
Benshoff, H. M. (2009). "A Straight Cowboy Movie: Heterosexuality According to Brokeback Mountain," in Hetero, ed. Sean Griffin..
Benshoff, H. M. (2008). "1966: Movies and Camp," in Screen Decades: The Sixties, ed. Barry Keith Grant..
Benshoff, H. M. (2008). "Beyond the Valley of the Classical Hollywood Cinema: Rethinking the Loathsome Film of 1970," in The Shifting Definitions of Genre, eds. Lincoln Geraghty and Marc Jancovich..
Benshoff, H. M. (2008). "Blaxploitation Horror Films: Generic Reappropriation or Reinscription," in The Cult Film Reader, ed. by Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik..
Benshoff, H. M. (2008). "Queers and Families in Film: From Problems to Parents" in A Family Affair, ed. Murray Pomerance..
Benshoff, H. M. (2007). "Representing (Repressed) Homosexuality in the Pre-Stonewall Hollywood Homo-Military Film," in Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Politics, ed. Jeff Sconce..
Benshoff, H. M. (2004). "Reception of a Queer Mainstream Film ," in New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader, ed. Michele Aaron..
Benshoff, H. M. (2004). "The Monster and the Homosexual," in Queer Cinema: The Film Reader, eds. Harry Benshoff and Sean Griffin./Reprint.
Benshoff, H. M. (2002). "The Monster and the Homosexual," in Horror: The Film Reader, ed. Mark Jancovich. /Reprint.
Benshoff, H. M. (2001). "Horror Movies," and "TV Westerns," in Boyhood in America: An Encyclopedia..
Benshoff, H. M. (1998). "Secrets, Closets, and Corridors Through Time: Negotiating Sexuality and Gender in Dark Shadows Fan Culture," in Theorizing Fandom: Fans, Subcultures, and Identity, ed. Cheryl Harris and Alison Alexander..
Benshoff, H. M. (1997). "Dark Shadows" and "Pee Wee's Playhouse," in The Museum of Broadcast Communication Encyclopedia of Television, ed. Horace Newcomb..
Benshoff, H. M. (1993). Compilation of "Bibliography" and "Filmography," for Theorizing Documentary, ed. Michael Renov..
Book Review
Benshoff, H. M. (2018). Book Review of "Clive Barker: Dark Imaginer". Gothic Studies. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Benshoff, H. M. (2014). Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Robin R. Means Coleman.
Benshoff, H. M. (2004). "Richard Dyer's Now You See It and The Matter of Images,".
Benshoff, H. M. (2003). "Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader, ed. by Wheeler Winston Dixon,".
Benshoff, H. M. (2003). "Peter Hutchings's Terence Fisher,".
Benshoff, H. M. (2001). "Alexander Doty's Flaming Classics,".
Journal Article
Benshoff, H. M. (2008). "Brokering Brokeback Mountain: A Local Reception Study." .
Benshoff, H. M. (2000). "Blaxploitation Horror Films: Generic Reappropriation or Reinscription?".
Benshoff, H. M. (1992). "Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, Is Disney High or Low? From Silly Cartoons to Postmodern Politics,".
Magazine/Trade Publication
Benshoff, H. M. (1993). "Excess.".
Benshoff, H. M. (1993). "Resurrection of the Vampire: Dark Shadows and Fan Culture,".
Benshoff, H. M. (1990). "Homoerotic Iconography and Anti-Catholic Marxism: Proto-Feminist Discourse in Sergei M. Eisenstein's QUE VIVA MEXICO,".
Personal Essay
Benshoff, H. M. (2008). "Vincent Price and Me: Imagining the Queer Male Diva,".
Popular Press Article
Benshoff, H. M. (2009). "Milk and Gay Political History." Jump Cut 51 (Spring 2009) www.ejumpcut.org/home..
Benshoff, H. M. (2001). "MARS ATTACKS and INDEPENDENCE DAY," Film Review.
Reprinted Article
Benshoff, H. M. (2020). The Monster and the Homosexual. chapter in The Monster Theory Reader, ed. Jeffrey A. Weinstock. University of Minnesota Press.
Benshoff, H. M., Samer, R., Whittington, B. (2017). Resurrection of the Vampire and the Creation of Alternative Life: An Introduction to Dark Shadows Fan Culture. Gender, Sexuality, and Media: Audiences and Spectatorship. Austin TX: University of Texas Press.
Benshoff, H. M. (2015). "The Monster and the Homosexual". Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
Scholarly Note
Benshoff, H. M., Moreland,, (2015). Afterword. Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Holy Terrors. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc..
Textbook
Benshoff, H. M. (2024). Film and Television Analysis: An Introduction (Second Edition).
Benshoff, H. M. (2021). America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies, Third Edition..
Benshoff, H. M. (2015). An Introduction to Film and Television Analysis: Theories, Methods, and Approaches.
Benshoff, H. M. (2009). America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies , Second Edition..
Benshoff, H. M. (2004). America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies ..
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Overall
Summative Rating
Challenge and
Engagement Index
Response Rate

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  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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