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John Simons


My book, Peckinpah’s Tragic Westerns—Days Closing Fast (co-authored with Robert Merrill) has been published in 2011 by McFarland and Co.  Bob Merrill and I are currently finishing an essay on Mystic RiverClint Eastwood’s Only Tragedy (tentative title).  It will be published this fall in the second volume of Clint Eastwood—Actor and Director  (University of Utah Press), edited by Leonard Engel.

This fall I am teaching a new film course, The American Crime Movie:  1965-Present

Regular Classes

Introduction to Film Studies
Film History and Theory
The Western Film
Contemporary American Film
Shakespeare on Film
James Joyce’s Ulysses


    B.A. Hope College 1966
    M.A. University of Chicago 1967
    Ph.D University of Chicago 1972