Eric Schaefer

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Eric Schaefer, Ph.D., (born 1959) is a professor and film historian. He is an associate professor at Emerson College and interim chair of the visual and media arts department. [1]

He has a B.A. from Webster University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.

He is best known for his book on exploitation filmmaking, Bold! Daring! Shocking! True: A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959, published by Duke University Press in 1999.[2] He has been described as "the go-to academic source on the genre of exploitation films."[3]

He is a member of the Northeast Historic Film board of advisors[4] and a member of the editorial board of the journal The Moving Image.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • Bold! Daring! Shocking! True": A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 (1999) - Duke University Press.
  • "Plain Brown Wrapper: Adult Films for the Home Market, 1930-1970", In the Absence of Films: Towards a New Historiographic Practice, Eric Smoodin and Jon Lewis, editors, Duke University Press.
  • "Gauging a Revolution: 16mm Film and the Rise of the Pornographic Feature". Cinema Journal - 41, Number 3, Spring 2002, pp. 3–26.
  • "Dirty Little Secrets: Scholars, Archivists, and Dirty Movies". The Moving Image - Volume 5, Number 2, Fall 2005, pp. 79–105


  1. ^ Maria Chutchian (9/11/08). "Three departments to receive new leadership". The Berkeley Beacon. Archived from the original on 2009-10-09.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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  3. ^ Emerson College
  4. ^ Northeast Historic Film website
  5. ^ The Moving Image, editorial board