Nancy McVittie (Ph.D. 2013)

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Instructor, Department of Communication, Media and Theatre, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Phone: 734-764-0147

  • Fields of Study
    • Film and Television History
    • Representations of Age
    • Generational Conflict
    • American Culture
    • Hollywood Comedy
    • Postwar Media
  • About

    Nancy completed her dissertation, entitled, “Elder Kitsch: The Development of a Comedic and Cultural Trope in Postwar America” in 2013.  The project considers representations of the aging on film and television during the postwar years and how a number of cultural, social, and industrial factors led to the development of the “funny old man/lady” trope popularized later on by stars like George Burns and Betty White.

    Since 2012, Nancy has been a faculty member in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  She is currently at work on a book project considering representations of aging in Hollywood film and an article about the 1950s television series December Bride.

  • Education
    • Ph.D in Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan, 2013
    • M.A. in English (Film Studies Concentration), North Carolina State University, 2008
    • B.A. in English and Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University, 2003
  • Selected Publications:
  • Articles
  • Essays