Katherine Spring

KKSpring_May2012catherine Spring is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Her book, Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema ​(Oxford UP, 2013), shows how the relationship between Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley in the 1920s influenced the use of popular songs in the studios’ earliest synchronized-sound films. Her writings on film sound and music have appeared in Cinema JournalFilm History: An International Journal, and Music and the Moving Image as well as in several critical anthologies, and she is presently at work on a SSHRC-funded project about the impact of digital technology on film scoring in Hong Kong cinema. She received an Hon. BSc. from the University of Toronto and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her spare time, she dissembles electric guitars and follows her children on narrated soundwalks.

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