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Michael Bliss

Michael Bliss, Senior Instructor

Michael Bliss, Senior Instructor
Michael Bliss, Senior Instructor

Department of English
251 Wallace Hall 
295 West Campus Drive 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7695 |

Michael Bliss is senior instructor of English. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, copywriter for motion picture theaters in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Kansas City, associate director of an international film festival, and American correspondent for Britain’s Making Better movies. Bliss has been teaching English and film criticism since 1974. He is the author of eleven books of film criticism as well as many articles and interviews on film. He is currently working on two books, one on film, one on literature.

  • Film Criticism
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • PhD, University of Minnesota


  • Laurel and Hardy’s Comic Catastrophes: Laughter and Darkness in the Features and Short Films. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
  • Dreams Within a Dream: The Films of Peter Weir
  • Justified Lives: Morality and Narrative in the Films of Sam Peckinpah
  • Invasions USA: The Essential Science Fiction Films of the 1950s
  • Peckinpah Today: New Essays on the Films of Sam Peckinpah

Journal Articles

  • “’Back off To What?” Violence, Capitalism, and Enclosure in The Wild Bunch
  • “Keeping a Sense of Wonder: An Interview with Peter Weir”
  • “Affliction and Forgiveness: An Interview with Paul Schrader”

Book Chapters

Doing It Right: The Best Criticism on Sam Peckinpah’s "The Wild Bunch”

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