Paul Young

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Paul Young received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 1998. He has written two books, Frank Miller's Daredevil and the Ends of Heroism (Rutgers, July 2016), which was nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work, and The Cinema Dreams Its Rivals: Media Fantasy Films from Radio to the Internet (Minnesota 2006). Publications also include essays on the historiography of film noir, the dawn of film sound, American naturalism and early cinema, video game genres, Don DeLillo's White Noise, and the telegraphic imaginary of early film in journals and collections including Modernism/Modernity, American Literary History, Convergence, The Minnesota Review, The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film (2011), and New Media, 1740-1915 (MIT Press 2003). His essay on the allegorical structure of Lois Weber's Hypocrites (1915) appeared in Cinema Journal 55.1 (2015). Since 2015 he has joined his brother, Tim Young, in producing a bi-weekly podcast called To the Batpoles!, which reviews episodes of the 1966 Batman TV show, analyzes its relationship to "camp" and 1960s U.S. culture, and considers its legacy in cinema, comics, and other media.

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Film and Media Studies


  • B.A. University of Iowa
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago