Dr. Elsie Walker

Associate Professor, Film Studies

Coeditor, Literature/Film Quarterly


Department of English,

Salisbury University

1101 Camden Avenue

Salisbury, Maryland

MD 21801

phone: 410 677 5329

email: emwalker@salisbury.edu



I co-run the Film Concentration program within the Department of English at Salisbury University.

I won the Teacher of the Year award from the Fulton School of Liberal Arts for 2010-2011.

My regular courses include: Introduction to Film, Film Genre, International Cinema, and Film Theory.

I also teach more specialist courses about soundtracks and film noir.

I am currently working on a book about film sound tracks that is under contract with Oxford University Press (forthcoming in 2014).

I co-edit a prestigious journal that we create right here at Salisbury University,
Literature/Film Quarterly.

I am also the proud mother of a little girl named Charlotte Hope.

For more information on our Film Concentration, click here, or feel free to contact me directly.

In case you're considering a degree in film studies, wondering what that means, or even questioning what it leads to professionally, please refer to my statement about the Film Concentration at Salisbury University: here you'll find information on the skills you'll gain and develop through our courses, as well as finding out about what many of our recent graduates are achieving by applying what they have learned.

In the fall of 2013 I am teaching Introduction to Film and Film Genre.

Next semester, I am teaching International Cinema, Film Theory, and Hearing Cinema (a course on sound tracks).




University of Sheffield, U.K.: PhD in English Literature

Dissertation title: Meaning by Shakespeare on Film


University of Sheffield: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Tertiary Teaching Qualification)


University of Auckland, N.Z.: MA in English Literature (First Class Honors)

Dissertation title: Jane Austen on Screen


University of Waikato, N.Z.: BA in English and Music



Forthcoming (Peer-Reviewed) Publication



Book: Understanding Sound Tracks Through Film Theory (Oxford University Press)



Editorial Work and Peer-Reviewed Publications


From 2003-

Literature/Film Quarterly: various editorial roles: I am, as of January 2005, Co-Editor-in-Chief (with Dave Johnson) for this internationally-recognized, MLA-listed publication of approximately 80 pages per issue, published four times annually at Salisbury University.



Guest Editor: Music and the Moving Image (University of Illinois Press), summer special issue on pedagogy.



Article: “Teaching Music and the Moving Image and the Value of Praxis,” Music and the Moving Image (University of Illinois Press) 5:2: pp.1-8.


Encyclopaedia Entry: "The Piano,” Music in American History, edited by Philip DiMare (ABC-CLIO), pp.386-88.


Article: "Hearing the Silences (as well as the music) in Michael Haneke's films," Music and the Moving Image 3:3: pp.15-30.


Book chapter entitled "Julie Taymor's Titus (1999), ten years on," in Shakespeare on Screen: The Roman Plays, edited by Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (France: Publications des Universites de Rouen et du Havre), pp.23-66.


Book: Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly, co-edited (including a co-authored introduction) with David T. Johnson (Scarecrow Press).


Book chapter entitled "Pop Goes the Shakespeare: Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" in The Literature/Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation, edited by Peter Lev and James M. Welsh (Scarecrow Press), pp.125-48: this chapter is an enlargement of my original essay published in 2000, including extracts from my interview with Mr. Luhrmann.


Book chapter entitled "Authorship: Getting Back to Shakespeare: Whose Film is it Anyway?" in the Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen, edited by Diana Henderson (Blackwell Publishers), pp.8-30.


Article: "Early Modern Texts, Postmodern Statements" and 10 reviews for books on Shakespeare films for the Blackwell Publishers Literature Compass database, edited by Michael Hattaway: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/


Article: "Taking Shakespeare Films Seriously," Shakespeare edition of English in Aotearoa (the New Zealand English Teachers' Journal), edited by Mark Houlahan, independently published.


Article: ""Now is a Time to Storm": Julie Taymor's Titus (2000)," Literature/Film Quarterly 30:3, pp.194-207.


Article: "A "Harsh World" of Soundbite Shakespeare: Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000)," Entertext film journal <http://www.brunel.ac.uk/faculty/arts/entertext>


Article: "The Aesthetic Construction of Musical Forms in Prospero's Books," in Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books," ed. by Christel Stalpaert, Studies in Performing Arts and Film series (Belgium: University of Ghent), pp.161-79.


Article: ""An Incorrigible Music": Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata," Kinema: A Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media 14: pp.21-40.


Article: "Pop Goes the Shakespeare: Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet (1997)," Literature/Film Quarterly 28:2: pp.132-139.


Review of Robert F. Willson Jr.'s Shakespeare in Hollywood (2000), Mid-Atlantic Gazette <www.sunynassau.edu/users/ash2/gazettehome.html>




International Conference Papers



“Scoring for “the world ready to blow up”: a psychoanalysis of David Raksin’s score for Bigger Than Life,” Music and the Moving Image Conference. New York University. May 31-June 2.


“Everything is a trap”: a psychoanalytic study of the Shutter Island sound track.” Literature Film Association Conference. York, Pennsylvania. Oct. 11-14.


“Applying Queer Theory to a Sound Track: Music as Drag in Heavenly Creatures,Music and the Moving Image Conference. New York University. June 1-3.


"Approaches to Teaching Music and the Moving Image: Questions and Considerations." Music and the Moving Image Conference. New York University (New York, NY). May 20-22.



"Hearing Is Believing: A Feminist Analysis of Music in Three New Zealand Films." Music and the Moving Image Conference. New York University (New York, NY). May 21-23.


"Hearing the Absence of Music in films by Michael Haneke." Music and the Moving Image Conference. New York University (New York, NY). May 29-31.


"Interpretation Through Experimental Re-Scoring: a scene from Vertigo."  Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference. Philadelphia, PA. March 6-9.


"Re-scoring and re-conceptualizing Hitchcock: a filmmaker's adaptation." Literature/Film Association Conference. Towson University (Baltimore), November 3-5.


"Hobbits vs. Whales: Adapting New Zealand on Film." Literature/Film Association Conference. Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania). October 13-16.


"Adapting Histories, with Music: The Pianist, Life is Beautiful and Schindler's List." Literature/Film Association/Film & History League Conference. Fort Worth (Texas). November 11-14.


"Shifting Shakespeare Set to Music." Literature/Film Association Conference. Towson University (Baltimore, MD). November.


"Music and Power in Shakespeare Films." Shakespeare and Music Conference. Leeds (U.K.). September 13-15.


"A "Harsh World" of Soundbite Shakespeare: Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000)." Hamlet on Screen Conference. The Globe (London, U.K.), April 28.


"The Music of Shakespeare Films." Shakespeare, Authenticity, and Adaptation Conference. De Montfort University, Leicester (U.K.). September 4-7


""The Shifting Point": Stories of Shakespearean Genesis." Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association Conference. The University of Auckland, New Zealand. July 7-10.


"Pop Goes the Shakespeare: Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet." Shakespeare on Screen: The Centenary Conference. Malaga, Spain. September 21-7.


"Looking for Shakespeare: The Search for Meaning That Defies Expectational Texts." American/Mid-Atlantic Associations of Popular Culture conference. Valley Forge, Philadelphia, PA. November 5-7.


"Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet: MTV Shakespeare or the Bard's Own?" Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association Conference. University of Queensland, Australia. July 11-15.


"A Lover's Complaint: Borderline Shakespeare?" ANZAMEMS (Australia and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies) "Borderlines" Conference. Victoria University, Wellington. February 2-5.