College of Arts and Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
Jeffrey J. Rogers
conservativism, film, history, culture, critics, movies
Pinelli, Alex, "Conservatives at the Movies: Conservative Film Critics and Popular Culture" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3797.
The study of modern American conservatism has flourished in the 21st century. However, there are some gaping holes in the historiography. One is the intersection between conservativism and popular culture and the arts. This study aimed to remedy this by analyzing hundreds of film reviews in nearly a dozen conservative publications over twenty-five years. In doing so, this first-of-its-kind analysis explored the underexamined world of the conservative film critic, while also identifying a group of principles that unified the varying critics under one conservative banner.