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Carl Rollyson

Carl RollysonCarl Rollyson, Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions, teaches numerous courses in writing, literature, biography, film, and journalistic criticism.

He is available to comment on:

— Biographical writing and information gathering about people in the public spotlight
— Film and literary criticism
— Biographies on historic and current icons, including female icons in pop culture and celebrity autobiographies
— Studies of American culture, including 19 century to present day films and popular novels
— American and European literature and history, especially dealing with Cold War themes
— Trends in social media and celebrity following as well as fame obsession

Professor Rollyson has served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Associate Provost, and Acting Dean of the School of Education and Educational Services at Baruch College. He has also taught art history, specializing in iconography.

A former stage actor, Professor Rollyson has authored more than 30 books, ranging from biographies (Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, and Susan Sontag) to studies of American culture, genealogy, children’s biography, film and literary criticism. His biography, American Isis: The Life and Death of Sylvia Plath will be published on February 11, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death. He has written more than 500 articles on American and European literature and history, and his work has been reviewed in The New York Times, the London Sunday Telegraph and in journals including American Literature and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Professor Rollyson is also the advisory editor of the Hollywood Legends series, which focuses on biographies of classic stars and filmmakers, published by University Press of Mississippi. His biography, Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews is part of the series and will appear in September 2012. In addition, he has reviewed biographies regularly for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Observer, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Raleigh News & Observer, The Kansas City Star, The New Criterion, and the Barnes & Noble Review.

Professor Rollyson earned his MA and PhD degrees in English from the University of Toronto and his BA. in English from Michigan State University.

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