Jay Paul Telotte Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Jay Paul Telotte

Professor of Film and Media Studies
Georgia Tech

J. P. Telotte is a professor film and media studies and former Chair of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Co-editor of the journal Post Script, he is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and author or editor of thirteen books. His primary teaching and research interests are in film and television history, science fiction, animation, film technology, and Disney studies.


Jay P. Telotte was born and raised in New Orleans, LA.  He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida in 1976 and joined the Georgia Tech faculty as an Assistant Professor of English in 1979.  In 1991 he was promoted to Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture.  A specialist in film history and genres, he has authored or edited thirteen books, published more than a hundred scholarly articles, and presented numerous conference papers.  His most recent books are Science Fiction TV (Routledge, 2014), and Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Cult Film.  Along with founding editor Gerald Duchovnay, he co-edits the film journal Post Script and serves as editorial board member and reviewer for a number of other film and genre-related journals.  At Georgia Tech he has served in a variety of administrative positions, as a member of the Institute's Executive Board, a representative to the Faculty Senate, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and as Chair of the School.  His recent teaching has included courses in Animation, Film and Technology, Science Fiction Television, and Global Science Fiction Cinema.


    Ph.D.-Univ. of Florida (1976)

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    film history, science fiction media, animation, Disney studies

Personal Interests

    Atlanta Braves baseball, antiques, travel


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Journal of Popular Film and Television

Spatial Presence and Disney's Oswald Comedies

Published: Apr 03, 2015 by Journal of Popular Film and Television
Authors: J. P. Telotte
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies

Even prior to the creation of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney was exploring new stylistic patterns in animation. His Oswald the Lucky Rabbit comedies, for example, demonstrate a new attitude towards filmic space that was emerging in this period--what Anthony Vidler terms "spatial presence." This article explores how space assumes a special "presence" that shapes the narratives of and contributes gags to the Oswald comedies.


The Kiss of the Rabbit Woman

Published: Apr 03, 2015 by Screen
Authors: J. P. Telotte
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies

This article examines animation's persistent fascination with modes of cultural representation, particularly gender images. It does so by considering the long history of Bugs Bunny's drag appearances and the fake "love" scenes in which they are embedded. In these faux love scenes, typically climaxed by the kiss--or kiss-off--from a faux rabbit woman, we find evidence of a key attraction of these cartoons, their demonstration of how we can play at and with the boundaries of representation.

Science Fiction Studies

The Empire's New Robots

Published: Apr 03, 2015 by Science Fiction Studies
Authors: J. P. Telotte
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies

In this piece I examine the curious persistence of certain robot images in our films from the 1930s through the 1950s. In an effort to apply the theoretical vantage of media ecology to a group of films, I look at the "fidelity," "fecundity," and "longevity" that mark the use of the same or similar robots--often referred to as the "tin can" variety--as they surfaced in a variety of films, and as they reflected both our hopes for and fears of the development of modern technological culture.