Mark C. Henrie on Whit Stillman’s approach to comedy

by Anna Blanch on June 24, 2010

Today I want to share an interview with Mark Henrie on film director Whit Stillman’s approach to comedy and the overcoming of irony.

Mark C. Henrie is Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is the editor of the Intercollegiate Review and executive editor of Modern Age and the Political Science Reviewer. Mark is the author of A Student’s Guide to the Core Curriculum and editor of Doomed Bourgeois in Love: Essays on the Films of Whit Stillman and of Arguing Conservatism: Four Decades of the Intercollegiate Review. Here is a list of publications. He holds a PhD in political theory from Harvard and a graduate degree from Cambridge University.

Whit Stillman (b.1952) is an American writer-director who has filmed three comedies of manners comedies of manners (or “comedies of mannerlessness”): Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998); he also published a novel based on the last of these films. His Manhattan-based, mannerist comedies influenced the films of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach.

This is volume 54 of the free Mars Hill Audio bonus tracks ! Here is the full list of free interviews.  If you are interested this is a good reason to join the Emerging Scholars Network, which is free, because Mars Hill Audio offers all ESN members a substantial discount on new subscriptions for one year (six issues) of the Mars Hill Audio Journal in either format: cassette for $33, CD for $35, or $25 in MP3 format. (That comes to $5 to $13 off their usual rates, by the way.) Non-US residents receive this discount but will need to pay an extra shipping cost. Even before you subscribe, you can order a free demo CD or cassette or listen to several bonus interviews for free in MP3 format.

Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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