Nancy M. West

Nancy West is a professor of English at The University of Missouri in Columbia. She is the author of three books: Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia (University of Virginia , 2000); Tabloid, Inc: Crime, News, Narrative (Ohio State University Press, 2010); and Masterpiece: America’s Fifty-Year-Love Affair with British Television Drama (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021). Nancy publishes on a wide variety of topics including photography, film noir, film adaptation, and television drama. She is currently working on a memoir entitled Moviemade Girl. It’s a  bittersweet account of how she, as a young girl growing up in the violent city of Newark, New Jersey, found escape in the movie-rich culture of 1960s and ’70s New York. Guiding her through that culture was her wayward dad, an unemployed alcoholic with expensive tastes, an aesthete’s sensibility, a penchant for petty crime, and a religious devotion to Hollywood film.