Ina Rae Hark

Ina Rae Hark, founder of the Film and Media Studies major at the University of South Carolina, retired from teaching in 2009 after an academic career marked by original scholarship on popular media cultures. She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975. Her areas of specialisation include Hollywood Cinema, masculinity, and film genre. Hark is editor or co-editor of Screening the Male, The Road Movie Book, Exhibition: The Film Reader; and Screen Decades: The 1930s. She has written more than thirty articles and chapters in media studies, on topics ranging from Hitchcock to Star Trek.


Hark examines how Collateral decentres narrative tropes of character and identity—a subversion that is largely due to the show’s writer.


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