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Phillip  Sipiora

Phillip Sipiora

Phillip Sipiora


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Phillip Sipiora has taught at USF since receiving his doctorate in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century American literature and film. He has won four major teaching awards, including the Jerome Krivanek Award for Outstanding Teacher in 2009. He is the founding editor of The Mailer Review, co-sponsored by the University of South Florida and the Norman Mailer Society. He actively participates in the USF English graduate program, having directed a number of M.A. theses and more than four dozen dissertations to completion. Prof. Sipiora’s teaching and research interests focus on the exploration of literary and cinematic grammar and rhetoric.

Prof. Sipiora is the author or editor of four books, more than three dozen scholarly articles, and has lectured nationally and internationally on twentieth-century literature and film. Recent books and articles include: Mind of An Outlaw: Selected Essays of Norman Mailer, New York: Random House (2013); “Phenomenological Masking: Complications of Identity in Double Indemnity.” In Billy Wilder, Movie-Maker: Critical Essays On the Films. Karen McNally, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press (2011); “All Wrong Turns: Tracking Subjectivity in Edgar Ulmer’s Detour.” In Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row. Gary D. Rhodes, ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2008); “The Phenomenological Quest of Stanley Kubrick: Eyes Wide Shut.” In Stanley Kubrick: Essays on His Films and Legacy. Gary Rhodes, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland (2008); Reading and Writing About Literature, Prentice-Hall (2002); Ed. Kairos and Rhetoric, SUNY UP (2002). A forthcoming edited book is The Films of Ida Lupino, Edinburgh UP (2017).


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Specialty Area

American literature, Film Studies, Rhetoric