Umland, Samuel J(oseph) 1954-

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UMLAND, Samuel J(oseph) 1954-

PERSONAL: Born June 22, 1954, in Nebraska City, NE; son of Lale Edward and Sarah Elizabeth (Witty) Umland; married Rebecca Ann Cochran (a professor), August 15, 1992. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, B.A., 1979, M.A., 1981, Ph.D., 1987.

ADDRESSES: Home—511 W. 35th St., Kearney, NE 68847. Office—Department of English, University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE 68849. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Writer. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, instructor, 1982–86, lecturer, 1987–88; University of Nebraska, Kearney, assistant professor, 1988–91, associate professor, 1991–97, professor of English, 1997–, associate dean of College of Fine Arts and Humanities, 1994–97, interim dean, 1997–98, director of Museum of Nebraska Art, 1998–99, director of film studies program, 1999–. University of Evansville, guest lecturer, 1999–2000. National Public Radio, member of board of directors of Nebraska Foundation; member of board of directors, Friends of the Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden.


(Editor and contributor) Philip K. Dick: Contemporary Critical Interpretations, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1995.

(With wife, Rebecca A. Umland) The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film: From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher Kings, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1996.

Donald Cammell: A Life on the Wild Side, FAB Press (Godalming, Surrey, England), 2005.

Author of film scripts, including The Atomic Man, 1985; Sunless Sea, 1986; The Fallen Sky, 1987; Harry's Head (short film), 1989; The Ballad of Rachel Goodhart, 1992; J. Wilkes Booth, 1999; and El Paso, 2003. Contributor to books, including Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film, edited by Donald Palumbo, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1986. Contributor of articles, poetry, and reviews to periodicals, including Wrapped in Plastic, Platte Valley Review, Perforations, William Carlos Williams Review, Quondam et Futurus: Journal of Arthurian Interpretations, and Nebraska English Journal. Editor, Nebraska English and Language Arts Journal, 1988–91.