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Paula M. Uruburu - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Paula M. Uruburu Paula M. Uruburu

Professor of English | Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY, UNITED STATES

Professor Uruburu researches the Gothic and the Grotesque, the Gilded Age, and film history (genre, auteur, adaptation).

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Hofstra Professor Paula Uruburu's American Eve HU Office Hours with Paula Uruburu

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Biography

Paula Uruburu, a Professor of English and Film Studies, is a former Chair of the English Department and former Vice Dean of the School for University Studies at Hofstra. She received her Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in English in 1983 with specializations in American literature, film studies and drama. Her last book, American Eve, tells the story of the meteoric rise to fame and the tragic consequences of Gibson Girl Evelyn Nesbit's fated relationships with famed architect Stanford White and murderer Harry Thaw, whose trial marked the beginning of our country's obsession with celebrity. She is currently finishing a book on the infamous Lizzie Borden. Dr. Uruburu has acted as a consultant to A&E, PBS, the History Channel, and the Smithsonian Channel. Of Basque-Irish descent, she is a native New Yorker who lives in her haunted 1890 house on the South Shore of Long Island, and has always liked the fact that her last name is a palindrome.

Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Research

Areas of Expertise (8)

Film Anniversaries Celebrity Culture Pop Culture Film History Gender Studies Horror films Evelyn Nesbit Zombies

Education (2)

Stony Brook University: Ph.D. 1983

Stony Brook University: B.A. 1979

Media Appearances (7)

The Gilded Age Starlet Whose Sexual Assault Prompted the 'Trial of the Century'

Vice.com  online

2017-10-13

Just before she died at the age of 82, Evelyn Nesbit spoke about the infamous trial that had shaped much of her life: "I rocked civilization," she laughed. And she had. One biography, The Trial of the Century, even suggests that "the event was so shocking it actually helped to speed the end of America's 'Gilded Age'."

It also set the tone for trials to come. "The press then was really just a more primitive version of what we see today," explains Paula Uruburu, author of the biography American Eve. "When the OJ Simpson trial was happening in the last decade of the century, the similarities between the coverage of both trials was remarkable. This case was the beginning of all that, really."

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Tarentum puts cinematic spotlight on its own, and Alle-Kiski Valley, history

Trib Live  

2017-04-28

It's reported that her modeling career, begun in Pittsburgh at the age of 14, saved her Tarentum family financially. At 15, she moved to New York and quickly became the “It Girl” of her era, the “first recognizable and bona-fide pinup girl,” according to Hofstra University English professor Paula Uruburu in her book “American Eve,” chronicling the rags-to-riches story of Nesbit...

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Your week untapped: Top 10 NYC events february 18 – 24th, 2017

Untapped Cities  

2017-02-17

The event Dark Love: Murder and Madness in the Gilded Age from Landmark West! will take place in the Trunk Club at the Villard Houses, more popularly known as the New York Palace. Paula Uruburu, real-life history detective, spins the tale of architect Stanford White’s talents, loves, and tragic end. A final treat – a guided tour of the grand, historic space...

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The world's first supermodel and her lunatic husband

OZY  

2016-08-03

Nesbit was barely 5 feet tall and resembled a schoolgirl, even as an adult. She had gained fame after a serendipitous encounter with an artist who asked her to pose for a portrait at age 14. Driven by financial necessity — her widowed mother was unemployed — Nesbit began modeling for magazines, commercials and all manner of sundries, becoming the banner child for the first heady decade of the 20th century. “Her face was her fortune, she was in demand everywhere,” says Paula Uruburu, author of American Eve, a biographical account of Nesbit. “She was the precursor of the Miley Cyruses of today, and the young women who become the breadwinners for their families.”...

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Three grisly tales of love and death in tinseltown

NPR  

2010-10-21

One of my earliest and most vivid memories is watching the original King Kong, sitting captivated as the giant ape scales the Empire State Building with a screaming Fay Wray in his hairy grip. It was my dad's favorite movie when he was a boy, and it was the film that led to my enduring fascination with movies, monsters and the fantastic made frighteningly real. In other words: all things Tinseltown...

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The Gilded Age Starlet Whose Sexual Assault Prompted the 'Trial of the Century'

Vice.com  online

2017-10-17

Dr. Paula Uruburu is interviewed for this story on Evelyn Nesbit, who was the toast of New York high society when the famous architect Stanford White attacked her. When White was murdered by Nesbit's husband, it sparked the beginning of America's obsession with celebrity trials.

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The "It" Girl

This Is Criminal (Podcast)  online

2018-05-18

Dr. Paula Uruburu, professor of English, is featured in the podcast Criminal about Evelyn Nesbit, the original Gibson Girl, the first “It Girl,” the Girl in the Red Velvet Swing – and the first supermodel celebrity. She was a young starlet when the famous architect Stanford White attacked her. When White was murdered by Nesbit’s husband, Harry Thaw, it sparked the beginning of America’s obsession with celebrity trials.

Dr. Uruburu is the author of 2008’s American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the ‘It’ Girl, and the Crime of the Century. She is currently at work on a book about Lizzie Borden.

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Event Appearances (5)

Talk on Evelyn Nesbit and "American Eve": http://news.hofstra.edu/2016/10/21/dr-paula-uruburu-guest-speaks-at-saratoga-pac/

12th Annual Fall Lecture Luncheon  Saratoga Performing Arts Center

2016-10-20

Paula Uruburu, Book Talk and Cocktail Party at AIER: https://berkshirewomenwriters.org/event/paula-uruburu-book-talk-and-cocktail-party-at-aier/

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers  American Institute of Economic Research Mansion

2016-06-11

Panel: “Number One with a Bullet: True-Crime Authors on Hitting the Top,”: http://news.hofstra.edu/2016/04/11/dr-paula-uruburu-revisits-evelyn-nesbit-for-journalism-conference/

American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference  Roosevelt Hotel in NYC

2016-05-20

The Wild West Side on Film

“The Cinematic Cityscape of Woody Allen”  Landmark West, Manhattan

2017-09-14

The Wild West Side on Film

“From Gangs to Ghostbusters”  Landmark West, Manhattan

2017-10-26

Courses (1)

RECENT COURSES

ADAPTING STEPHEN KING
WRITING ABOUT FILM
THE AMERICAN SHORT STORY
PAGE TO SCREEN: ADAPTATION
INTRO TO CINEMA STUDIES
FILM GENRES: FEM BOTS
FILM AUTHORSHIP: REMAKES

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