Anthony Guneratne teaches at Indiana University, Bloomington. He researches the role that film, literature, and other artistic media play in cultural interactions, as well as the interrelations of written and spoken language, images, and music. An advocate of the arts and proponent of their power to blend creative expression with social agency, he has extended theoretical perspectives drawn from semiotics, microhistory, New Historicism, and the Bakhtin Circle to a broad range of performance studies. His primary fields of research include historical and contemporary interpretations of Renaissance texts (particularly those of Shakespeare), film history (focusing on the study of film movements), and the cultural history of aesthetic forms ranging from classical dance and lyric opera to printed books and picture postcards. As a practitioner as well as a theorist, he has been involved in film production, in programming film retrospectives, and in performing a musical repertoire that ranges from the late Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century. A fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Philosophical Society, and FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching film and audio-visual culture. He presently directs FAU’s interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Film and Culture; interested students can contact him directly at his department website address.
His publications include:
- Shakespeare and Genre: From Early Modern Inheritances to Postmodern Legacies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Shakespeare, Film Studies, and the Visual Cultures of Modernity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
- Rethinking third Cinema. Ed. Anthony Guneratne & Wimal Dissanayake. London: Routledge, 2003.