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Coming August 2024: "Becoming the Ex-Wife" in Paperback!

Past Parrott Events:


April 25 So & So Books with Belle Boggs. 

April 26 The Divorcee screening + book talk with Tift Merritt, The Cary Theater. 

April 27 Lecture at the University of Maryland, College Park and screening     

              of Next Time We Love (1936), Old Greenbelt Theater

April 29 Book talk +  intro of There's Always Tomorrow National Gallery of Art.  

April 30 Book signing + double-feature--There's Always Tomorrow (1934) + The

               Divorcee (1930)--AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.

Aug 27 Introduction of Next Time We Love + book signing, Chelsea Theater,

                Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 31 Book talk, Introduction of There's Always Tomorrow, and Q&A, Indiana

                  University Cinema, Bloomington.

Sept 1  Book talk at Case Western Reserve + Introduction of Next Time We Love at

             Cleveland Cinematheque.

Sept 27 The Divorcee Introduction at Union Cinema, Milwaukee.

Sept 28 Book reading + signing, Boswell Books, Milwaukee.

Sept 30 Introductions to There's Always Tomorrow, UW Madison Cinematheque

Oct 4  Ursula Parrott discussion with Cara Robertson, Chevalier's Los Angeles.

Oct 5  Ursula Parrott Talk at LA Public Library (Central Library).

Oct 7 "Ursula Parrott in Hollywoodlecture at Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Oct 8  Introduction of Leftover Ladies (1931) on 35mm (loaned by Library of

            Congress) at the Hammer Museum/UCLA archives.

Oct 26  Book talk + film clips, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

             at Lincoln Center.

Oct 27  Book talk + signing The Lamb's Club in Manhattan (3 West 51st St)

Oct 28  Introduction toNext Time We Love on 35mm + book signing,

             Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria Queens.

Nov 9   Ursula Parrott lecture + screening of The Divorcee (1930), MSU.

Nov 10 Ursula Parrott Lecture+ screening of There's Always Tomorrow (1956),     

              University of Chicago.

Nov 11 There's Always Tomorrow (1956) introduction + post-screening discussion,

           Carolina Theater, Durham.

Nov 29 Ursula Parrott lecture (in person + streaming), Boston Athanaeum

Nov 30 Parrott lecture + book signing, Harvard Club

Dec 1  Book Signing + Introduction, There's Always Tomorrow (1956) at

            The Brattle Theater, Cambridge.


Jan 9  Virtual Webinar on Ursula Parrott and NYC for the Greenwich Village

            Society for Historic Preservation.

Feb 7, Ursula Parrott  + Film and Book Talks,  University of South Carolina.

Feb 26 Talk + introduction of "There's Always Tomorrow" (1956), University of

              Miami,  Cosford Cinema.

March 5 "Why You Should Start Teaching Ursula Parrott's Ex-Wife.National

              Humanities Center Webinar

March 9 Ursula Parrott talk andThe Divorcee introduction, East Asheville Library.

March 22 "Discovering Ursula Parrott," McKimmon Center, NC State.

I am a Film Studies professor at North Carolina State University who loves researching, writing, and speaking about American film and culture. I regularly introduce movies, moderate panels, make radio and podcast appearances, and lecture on an array of topics. 


I have been awarded a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship (2024), an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship (2020-2021), a National Humanities Center Fellowship (2019-2020), an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Huntington Library, and a Woodrow Wilson Practicum Grant for work at the National Portrait Gallery.

My latest books are Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life & Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott (2023) and, with Robert Kolker, the fifth edition of the Introduction to Film Studies textbook, Film, Form, and Culture (2024).

I am also the author of Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies and Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age, and the co-editor of Learning with the Lights Off: A Reader in Educational Film and Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film. I am the former editor of The Moving Image journal. 

I am current working on a documentary, This Beautiful Vision, and have co-directed three other short documentaries: Nestin(2020), about a bird’s nest and historical small-town American newspapers; All the Possibilities... (2019), about a single, extraordinary painting by Vernon Pratt; and Rendered Small  (2017), about a unique collection of American Folk Art Buildings.

From December 2013 to November 2020, I did the monthly radio show, “Movies on the Radio,” on NPR affiliate WUNC’s "The State of Things." I also co-founded Home Movie Day Raleigh and the infamous Bastard Film Encounter.

I've given talks all over the United States and Europe, and have introduced films at the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Hammer Museum, the Czech National Film Archive, the Austrian Film Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and many other venues.

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Ursula Media:

Listen to my Lost Ladies of Lit, This American Ex-Wife, or Bio International Podcasts,

or check out my other recent podcasts.


Watch my "Ursula Parrott in Two Minutes" video or my 2024 National Humanities Center Webinar, "Why You Should Start Teaching Ursula Parrott's Ex-Wife".


Check out Adam Sobsey's review of "Becoming

the Ex-Wife" in the LA Review of Books.


Stream my November 2023 Boston-focused

lecture at the Boston Athenaeum.

One of the highlights of my career was getting to go with Vice Provost Susan Nutter to the White House in June 2016 to accept the National Medal for Museum and Library Service on behalf of NCSU’s amazing libraries from one of the women I admire most, First Lady Michelle Obama.







1. Motion Pictures . . . A little black circular object sits in Gordon’s office. At first glance, it looks like an ashtray, but it’s a miniature zoetrope. Spin it and images drawn by one of her students bring to life a howling wolf. It’s a nice reminder of how students surprise her. “More often than not, I’m surprised what students end up appreciating that I think they are going to be dismissive of,” says Gordon.

2. Hard to Pick a Favorite, but . . . Gordon loves teaching classics like Rebel Without a Cause, by one of her favorite directors, Nicholas Ray. Or director Douglas Sirk’s melodramas and Sam Fuller’s war movies. Fuller, in fact, gets a nod above her desk with a framed picture of Lee Marvin from the set of the director’s The Big Red One. She wrote a book about Fuller and was able to meet his wife and daughter. “They were generous enough to allow me into their home archive,” she says. “I remember the first time I was in that space of his former writing studio, I just felt like this was like a religious experience.”



"Desk Set," by Chis Saunders

The Alumni Magazine NC State, Winter 2018 

Who: Marsha Gordon, professor and coordinator of the film program at NC State since 2002. She teaches courses ranging in focus from musicals and war documentaries to African-American film and literature and cinema. And she’s a director to boot. Gordon just made her first documentary, Rendered Small.

Office: Tompkins 257


3. An Eye for Art . . . A lamp designed to look like a dress is a piece of folk art. “One of my secondary life interests is the world of art and collecting,” she says. She once worked at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. It’s that interest that led her to the subjects of her documentary, Rendered Small, which chronicles a Hillsborough, N.C., couple’s vast collection of miniature buildings.

4. Period Pieces . . . A movie poster featuring Clara Bow, an early 20th century film star, hangs on the wall. “If you were to say, ‘What’s your favorite period of time in film history?’ America film from the Twenties to the Fifties,” she says.

5. Wall of Women . . . Bow is just one of many powerful females adorning walls all around in the cinephile’s digs. There’s a picture of Judy Garland and a poster of Donna Summer. There’s a boxed-up Eva Gabor wig (Gordon will offer to let you wear it) and a picture of Wonder Woman, Gordon’s hero growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley. And directly above her desk hangs a picture of Diana Serra Cary, a child star of the early 1900s. She went by the name of Baby Peggy, and Gordon got to interview her 12 years ago. The picture features Serra Cary’s autograph.


Department of English
North Carolina State University


Tel 919-515-4164


Mailing Address:

Dept. of English--CB 8105

Raleigh, NC 27695-8105

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