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December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Katherine Spring

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4149
Fax: 519-884-8307
Office Location: 3-156 Woods Bldg.
Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Fall 2016)
Personal Website:
Academic Background

Ph.D. & M.A., Communication Studies (Film Studies), University of Wisconsin-Madison. Coursework minors in (1) Music and (2) Media and Cultural Studies.

Hon.B.Sc., Cinema Studies and Physics, University of Toronto.

Additional Information

Selected Publications


Saying it with Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema, 1927-1931 (Oxford University Press, 2013).


"Walk This Way: The Pedagogical Value of Soundwalking to the Study of Film Sound," Music and the Moving Image 5.2 (2012).

"'To Sustain Illusion is All That is Necessary': The Authenticity of Song Performance in Early American Sound Cinema," Beyond Vitaphone: The Early Sound Short, ed. Rob King. Spec. issue of Film History: An International Journal 23.3 (2011).

"Chance Encounters of the Musical Kind: Electronica and Audiovisual Synchronization in Three Films Directed by Tom Tykwer," Music and the Moving Image 3.3 (2010).

"Pop Go the Warner Bros., et al." Marketing Film Songs During the Coming of Sound," Cinema Journal 48.1 (2008).


"'Glocal' Sounds and the Synth-Pop Scores of Hong Kong Cinema," in Examining Cultural Flows: Chinese-language and American Cinemas. Eds. Lisa Funnell and Man-fung Yip. New York: Routledge, 2014.

"Just Imagine: Science Fiction Meets Musical Comedy in 1930," in Sounds of the Future: Essays on Music in Science Fiction Film. Eds. Mathew J. Bartkowiak. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010.

"Now It's Personal: Style, Narrative, and Irony in A Hero Never Dies," in Milkyway Image, Beyond Imagination: Wai Ka-fai, Johnnie To, Creative Team (1996-2005). Ed. Lawrence Pun. Hong Kong: Joint Publishing, 2006.

Courses Taught

100-level: Film and Narrative

200-level: Film History 1895-1939; Film Musical; American Film 1929-1969

300-level: Classical Film Theory; Film Sound; Hong Kong Cinema

400-level: Early Cinema; Film Sound, Music & Narrative; Film and Technology; Silent Film

Graduate: Film Melodrama; Film Historiography

External Grants

Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Hong Kong Film Music in the Age of Digital Media, 1983-1997.

What I've Been Reading Lately

Yiu-Wai Chu, Lost in Transition: Hong Kong Culture in the Age of China (SUNY Press, 2013).

Joanna Demers, Listening Through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford UP, 2010).

Lea Jacobs, Film Rhythm After Sound (U California P, 2014).

Jonathan Sterne, ed., The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012).

Steven Ward, Neoliberalism and the Global Restructuring of Knowledge and Education (Routledge, 2012).

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