Walter Metz | Cinema and Photography | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Walter Metz PH.D

Professor - Cinema and Photography

Walter Metz

Ph.D. at University of Texas, Austin, 1996
Office: COMM 1112
Phone: (618) 453-2298


Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies who teaches film, television, theatre, and photography history, theory and criticism. 

As a researcher, Walter is interested in the relationship between popular media forms, such as the television sitcom and the Hollywood blockbuster film, and high, canonical literature. His book on Gilligan's Island was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2012. He is currently writing a manuscript about Dr. Seuss and the animated films made at Pixar Studios.


  •  Film Criticism
  •  Photography Theory in Light of the Cinema
  •  Theater and Mass Media
  •  Non-Narrative Film and Television
  •  Short Cinema Studies
  •  The Television Sitcom


Contemporary film and television criticism and theory, literature and film, science and film, post-war American culture.

Recent Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

Metz, Walter C. "From Books to Molecules: Adaptation Studies in the 21st Century." Literature/Film Quarterly 45, No. 2 (Spring 2017).

Metz, Walter C. "Perambulation, or the Real Miracle of Morgan's Creek." Mise-en-Scene: The Journal of Film and Visual Narration 1, No. 1 (Winter 2016). 

Metz, Walter C. "There's Something Rotten in Film Criticism, and His Name is, Regrettably, Not Johnny." Film Criticism 40, No. 1 (Jan 2016): n.p..

Metz, Walter C. "A Dreary Life on a Barge: From L'Atalante to Young Adam." Weber: The Contemporary West 27, No. 2 (Spring 2011): 51-66. 

Metz, Walter C. "Down Kerouac's Road to Pixar's Up." Film Criticism 35, No. 1 (Fall 2010): 60-81. 

Book Chapters