Katherine Fusco

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Katherine Fusco grew up in Rochester, NY, a great film town. She has made good on that love of the movies by becoming an award-winning scholar and tenured professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Katherine has written three books about film and American Culture: Silent Film and U.S. Naturalist Literature (Routledge), Kelly Reichardt: Emergency and the Everyday (co-authored with Nicole Seymour, University of Illinois Press), and Hollywood’s Others: The Babies, The Nobodies, The Unhappy (currently under review) as well as articles and book chapters on topics including Black child stars of the 1920s, fan magazines, star suicides, Lon Chaney’s disability ‘drag,” to deepfakes of Marilyn Monroe. She is currently writing a biography about screenwriter Anita Loos.

Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

2000s-era internet countdowns marked time until a teen star’s sexual availability—Katherine Fusco winds back the countdown clock on Lindsay Lohan, her predecessor Shirley Temple, and girlhood as the not-yet.

AHS: My Roanoke Nightmare and our Incoherent Understanding of Trump Voters

The horrors of the American margins, both geographic and political

Children and Choices: The Meanings of Inoculation

James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jenny McCarthy between their children and the world: healthcare and choice in the era of Black Lives Matter

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