Sam Umland

Professor, Department Chair

Office: THMH 202B   |    Phone: (308) 865-8299   |    Email:

Samuel J. Umland


Dr. Umland arrived at UNK in 1988. His areas of specialization are in Literary Theory, Popular Culture, and Film and Media Studies. He was the recipient of the Pratt-Heins Award for Distinguished Research in 2004 and was awarded the Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Insurance Company Distinguished Faculty Award in 2016. He has served as the English Department Chair since August 2011. 


Ph.D., English. University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
M.A., English. University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 
B.A., English. University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Current Courses

Spring 2018

  • English 419: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • English 406/806: Principles of Literary Criticism

Selected Recent Publications

  • "All That Jazz: George Gershwin, American Mythology, and Rhapsody in Blue (1945)," in The Composer on Screen: Essays on Classical Music Biopics. Ed. Paul Fryer. McFarland Publishing, forthcoming Spring 2018.
  • The Tim Burton Encyclopedia. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.
  • "World of Blood and Fire: Lang, Mabuse, and Bergman's The Serpent's Egg," in European Nightmares: Horror Cinema in Europe Since 1945. Eds. Patricia Allmer, David Huxley, & Emily Brick. Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press, 2012.
  • Blood and Roses (. . . Et mourir de plaisir) (France/Italy, 1960); Spirits of the Dead (Histoires extraordinaires) (France/Italy, 1967); Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) (Sweden, 1968); The Perfume of the Lady in Black (Il profumo della signora in nero) (Italy, 1974), in 100 European Horror Films. Ed. Steven Jay Schneider. London: British Film Institute, 2007. Co-author, with Rebecca A. Umland.
  • Donald Cammell: A Life on the Wild Side. Godalming, Surrey, UK: FAB Press, 2006. Co-Author, with Rebecca A. Umland.
  • "Burn, Witch, Burn: A First Look at the Scandinavian Horror Film." Horror International. Eds. Steven Jay Schneider and Tony Williams. Wayne State University Press, 2005. Co-Author, with Rebecca A. Umland.
  • "Cassandra Among the Cyborgs, or, The Silicon Termination Notice (on Philip K. Dick's 'Man, Android and Machine')"
    Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History. Eds. Darren Tofts, Annemarie Jonson and Alessio Cavallaro. The MIT Press, 2002.