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Zach Sands

Film Comedy and the American Dream

Routledge 2017

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On this episode Diana DePasquale talks to Zach Sands, author of Film Comedy and the American Dream (Routledge, 2017). Some of the films Zach...

On this episode Diana DePasquale talks to Zach Sands, author of Film Comedy and the American Dream (Routledge, 2017). Some of the films Zach writes about are Harvey, The Graduate, Blazing Saddles, The Jerk, Trading Place, and Office Space.

Zach’s doctorate is in American Culture Studies with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Critical Studies in Media and Film from Bowling Green State University, he holds a masters degree in Film and Literature from Northern Illinois University and a BA in Film Production from Columbia College in Chicago. He has taught courses in Film and media studies and in 2009 Zach was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Moldova. Zach blogs at misterspectator.blogspot.com


Diana DePasquale is an instructor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at Bowling Green State University. Currently a doctoral candidate in BGSU’s American Culture Studies program, Diana earned her M.A. in American Culture Studies from BGSU in 2012 and her B.A. in American Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2010. Diana has been published in Studies in American Humor, and online at In Media Res. She is also a proud winner of The Moth Story Slam in Detroit.