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John Simons


My book Peckinpah’s Tragic Westerns (co-authored with Robert Merrill) was published in 2011 by McFarland and Co.  Recent publications include “Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River as Tragic Action”. Co-author, Robert Merrill, In Clint Eastwood: Actor and Director, ed. Leonard Engel, U. of Utah Press, 2012; “Razing Cain with Chandler and Wilder:  The Prometheus-Pandora Myth in Double Indemnity.” Co-author Robert Merrill, Dec. 2014 issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language.

Current project:  A book, co-authored with Robert Merrill, on Robert Altman, centering on Altman’s quirky, brilliant screen adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s classic Phillip Marlowe detective novel, The Long Goodbye (1973).

Regular Classes

Introduction to Film Studies
Film History and Theory
The Western Film
Contemporary American Film
Shakespeare on Film
James Joyce’s Ulysses
The Concept of Freedom, Ancient to Modern (First Year Experience)
Politics and Film, with Professor Timothy Fuller


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