Dr Joel Frykholm

Email: joel.frykholm@ims.su.se
Phone: 08-674 7612


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University. My main research interest is pre-classical American cinema, including issues of industrial and cultural change, historic reception, and local film history.

I received my PhD at Stockholm University in 2009 with a thesis titled "Framing the Feature Film: Multi-Reel Feature Film and American Film Culture in the 1910s." The dissertation was awarded in 2010 as the Best Dissertation Published at Stockholm University’s Faculty of Humanities in 2009. A revised version of the dissertation chapter on the Selig Polyscope Company’s 1914 feature film The Spoilers was published in Media, Popular Culture, and the American Century, edited by Kingsley Bolton and Jan Olsson (Eastleigh, U.K.: John Libbey Publishing; Bloomington, IN: distributed in North America by Indiana University Press, 2010).

From September 2012 to March 2013 I was a Research Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, where I did archival research on film pioneer George Kleine. This research is part of the project “From Business Commodities to Revered Cultural Heritage: Global Media, Vernacular Strategies, and Cultural Negotiations” funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council and headed by Professor Jan Olsson. Selected findings have been presented at conferences in Stockholm (Medium to Medium, May 2011); Brighton (Domitor, June 2012); San Juan (American Studies Association, November 2012); Washington, DC (public lecture at the Library of Congress and guest lecture at the University of Maryland, February 2013); and Chicago (Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 2013), but the final results and conclusions of the research on Kleine will be presented in a monograph in 2014.


Cinema´s Middle-Zones and the Infrastructure of Entertainment: Hollywood in Sweden in the Silent Era
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017
Det här forskningsprojektet undersöker hur Hollywoods ledande filmbolag etablerade sig på den svenska marknaden under 1920-talet. Under denna period blev amerikansk film ett självklart och stående inslag i svenskt nöjesliv, vilket markerade startpu...

Collaborating with

Olsson, Jan
Jan Olsson's primary research interests are historical reception and emerging media in a cross-cultural perspective.

He has authored and edited several books, including Svensk spelfilm under världskriget (1979), Från filmljud till ljudfilm (1986), Se...

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