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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Born 1950 New Brunswick, NJ (USA)

Wheeler Winston Dixon is the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the author of more than 30 books on film history, theory, and criticism. Before his time at UNL, he taught at Rutgers University, The New School in New York, and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dixon is also a notable experimental filmmaker, with films screened at the British Film Institute and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. In 2003 the Museum of Modern Art honored Dixon with a retrospective of his work. His writing on film history, theory, and criticism has been published widely in scholarly journals, including Cinéaste, Interview, Film Quarterly, and others.

Places Lived

New Brunswick, NJ
New York City, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Visual Work
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Film; Movies


BA, 1972, Livingston College, New Brunswick, NJ
MA, 1978, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
MPhil, 1980, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
PhD, 1982, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Film Director, Writer and Producer
Assistant Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chair, Film Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1993
College Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003
University Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006


The 'B' Directors: A Biographical Directory. 1985.
The Cinematic Vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1986.
Producers Releasing Corporation: A Comprehensive Filmography and History. 1986.
I Went That-A-way: The Memoirs of a Western Film Director Harry L. Fraser.
The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher. 1991.
The Films of Freddie Francis. 1991.
The Films of Reginald Leborg. 1992.
The Early Film Criticism of Francois Truffaut. 1993.
Reviewing British Cinema: 1900-1992. 1994.
The Films of Jean-Luc Godard. 1997.
The Transparency of Spectacle: Meditations on the Moving Image. 1997.
The Exploding Eye: A Re-Visionary History of the American Experimental Cinema. 1997.
Disaster and Memory: Celebrity Culture and the Crisis of Hollywood Cinema. 1999.
Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader. 2002. (with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster)
Straight: Constructions of Heterosexuality in the Cinema. 2003.
Visions of the Apocalypse: Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema. 2003.
Film and Television After 9/11. 2004.
Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood. 2005.
American Cinema of the 1940s: Themes and Variations. 2005.
Visions of Paradise: Images of Eden in the Cinema. 2006.
Film Talk: Directors at Work. 2007.
A Short History of Film. 2008. (with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster)
Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia. 2009.
A History of Horror. 2010.
21st-Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation. 2011. (with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster)
Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood. 2012.
Streaming Movies, Media and Instant Access. 2013.
Cinema at the Margins. 2013.
Dark Humor in the Films of the 1960s. 2015.
Black and White Cinema: A Short History. 2015.
Hollywood in Crisis or: The Collapse of the Real. 2016.
A Brief History of Comic Book Movies. 2016. (with Richard Graham)

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