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Music in MediaSeries Editor: Reba Wissner, Ph.D.
Pendragon Press's Music in Media Series seeks to address the growing area of study of music in film, internet, media, technology, television, video games, and related areas. By combining written text and multimedia elements, the series will cater to the tastes of both academics and the layperson alike.
The series will begin with three books, each very different in scope: the first on swing music in 1930s and 1940s film, the second on the scores of the television anthology series 'The Twilight Zone,' and the third on the music of Steven Spielberg's 1990s cartoon, 'Animaniacs.' The series is currently seeking authors on any aspect of music and media from any time period.
Reba Wissner is currently a lecturer in music at Berkeley College where she has taught since 2013. She received her M.F.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Brandeis University and her B.A. in Music and Italian from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has also taught in the Writing and Music Departments at Brandeis University from 2006-2012. Dr. Wissner's research interests are seventeenth-century Venetian opera, Music and Politics, Music and Immigration, Popular music, and the role of music in 1960s science fiction television. She is the author of several articles on seventeenth-century Venetian opera, Italian immigrant theater in New York City, and music in the original television series, The Twilight Zone. She has also presented her research on these areas at conferences throughout the United States and Europe. She is a recipient of numerous awards and grants including a dissertation research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She currently serves on the editiorial board of and as the music editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Coreopsis: A Journal of Myth and Theatre and is also the series editor for Pendragon Press' Music and Media book series.