Dana Polan

Mediating the Art of Asian Cooking: Joyce Chen Cooks and the Upscaling of Chinese Food in America in the 1960s (owner)

The astounding renown that WGBH had had by the mid-1960s achieved with Julia The French Chef is now well known and has been studied in depth from a variety of angles. But much less known, and much less attended to in many histories of television cooking, is the fact that Julia Child's success spurred WGBH to look to program more works of instructional television and even of instructional cooking television. In particular, in 1966, the...

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Dana Polan is a Professor of Cinema Studies in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He is the author of 8 books in film and media, including, most recently, Julia Child's The French Chef (Duke University Press, 2011), and approximately 200 essays, reviews, and review-essays. He has also done DVD commentaries for 8 films, such as The Third Man and The Girl Can't Help It. He is a former president of the Society for Cinema Studies, the professional society for film (now the Society for Cinema and Media Studies), and a former editor of its refereed scholarly publication, Cinema Journal. He holds a Doctorat d’Etat in Letters from the Sorbonne Nouvelle and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought from Stanford. Before coming to NYU, he taught in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh and in critical studies at the School of Cinema-TV (now Cinematic Arts) at USC. He has been knighted by the French Ministry of Culture for contributions to cross-cultural exchange, and in 2003, was selected as one of that year’s two Academy Foundation Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.