Dr Michelle Y Lekas

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Cultural Studies & Comparative Lit
146H Nicholson Hall

216 Pillsbury Dr SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts: Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1980.
  • Bachelor of Arts: English Education, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1982.
  • Master of Arts: English Literature/Critical Theory, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1987.
  • PhD: Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society/Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota , TC, 2000.


  • Dissertation: "A Brief Epistemology of Seriality": 2000
  • Lacanian Psychoanalyis
  • Film Music: 1912 to Present
  • World Cinema History and Theory: 1895 to present
  • American and British Literature: 1810 to 1990
  • Queer Theory
Courses Taught
  • Pulp Fiction: from Melodrama to Noir
  • Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture
  • American Literature: 1850 to Present
  • Cinema and Ideology
  • Black American Cinema
Research & Professional Activities


  • Film Appearance: "Snuff: a Documentary about Killing on Camera," Paul von Stoetzel, dir., 2008,
  • Film Appearance: "Feminism and Horror," Ebony Winston, dir. , 2005
  • Lekas, Michelle Yvonne, [Craig Saper, ed.]. "The French New Wave Today: China? An Interview with Peter Wollen." Zeit no. 12 (1989): 11-25.
  • Lekas, Michelle Yvonne, [Gail Sheperd, ed.]. "Aphanisis, Strange Justice, and the Clarence Thomas 'Affair'." The Red Herring #16 (1994): 13-21.
  • Lekas, Michelle Yvonne, [James Buhler, Caryl Flinn, David Neumeyer, eds.]. "Ultrasound: the Feminine in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Music and Cinema (2000): 275-294. Download
  • "Writing and Reading...Aloud: notes on the Revision Process," : Lekas, Michelle, NCTE, English Journal, vol. 99, no. 7 68-80, 2010.