Ruth Vasey

Ruth Vasey is Senior Lecturer in Screen and Media at Flinders University, where she teaches topics on American cinema and global media. She studied at the University of NSW, the University of Hawaii and the University of Exeter, UK. Her book, The World According to Hollywood, 1918-1939, won the 1998 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award, and her articles on American film industry history have been widely published in journals of film studies and American Studies.

Ruth’s writings on the MPPDA and the Production Code include:

  • The World According to Hollywood, 1918-1939. University of Wisconsin Press, University of Exeter Press, 1997, 284pp.
  • “Well-educated, well-dressed and polite? The Changing face of the Hollywood Gangster in the 1930s,” in Le crime organisé à la ville et à l’ecran (États-Unis, 1929-1951), eds. Pierre Lagayette and Dominque Sipière (Paris: Ellipses, 2001) pp. 61-8
  • “Tymczasowi Obywatele Amerykańsky”: Kultutowe Obawy I Strategie Przemysłu Filmowego W Amerykanizacji Kina Europejskiego,” in Kino Europy, ed. Piotra Sitarskiego, Rabid, Kraków, 2001, pp. 49-73. With Richard Maltby
  • “‘Temporary American Citizens’: Cultural Anxieties and Industrial Strategies in the Americanisation of European Cinema,” in The European Cinema Reader, ed. Catherine Fowler. London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 180-94. With Richard Maltby.
  • “The Open Door: Hollywood’s Public Relations at Home and Abroad, 1922-1928,” in The Silent Cinema Reader, ed. Lee Grieveson and Peter Krämer. London: Routledge 2004, pp. 318-328
  • “Doasní Občané Ameriky: Kulturní obavy a průmyslové strategie při amerikanizaci europského filmu” Iluminace, Časoppis pro teorii, historii a estetiku filmu, Vol. 18 No. 1 (61), Praha, 2006, pp. 25-43. With Richard Maltby
  • "The World-Wide Spread of Cinema," in The Oxford History of World Cinema.  Ed. Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996, pp.53-62.
  • "Beyond Sex and Violence: 'Industry Policy' and the Regulation of Hollywood Movies, 1922-1939."  Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 15, No.4 (1995), pp.65-85. Reprinted in Matthew Bernstein, ed., Controlling Hollywood: Regulation and Censorship in the Studio Era, Rutgers University Press, 1999, pp. 102-129.
  • "Foreign Parts: Hollywood's Global Distribution and the Representation of Ethnicity."  American Quarterly, 44, No.4 (1992), 617-642.  Reprinted in Movie Censorship and American Culture.  Ed.  Francis G. Gouvares.  Smithsonian Institute Press, 1996, pp. 212-236.