Born in Libby, Montana, Mark Osteen received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Montana, before moving to Atlanta in 1982. There he received a PhD in English literature from Emory University, working with eminent James Joyce scholar Richard Ellmann. Since 1988 he has taught at Loyola University Maryland, where he is Chair of the English Department, Professor of English and Founding Director of the Film Studies Program. Osteen has written or edited ten books, including The Economy of Ulysses (winner of the 1995 Donald Murphy for best first book in Irish Studies), American Magic and Dread: Don DeLillo's Dialogue with Culture, and essay collections on economic literary criticism, gift theory, autism and culture, and on Alfred Hitchcock's films. His memoir, One of Us: A Family's Life with Autism, appeared in 2010. His most recent books are Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream, and Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen.
Writing and teaching are his vocations, but music is his avocation: Osteen has been a professional musician since the mid-'70s. For the past two decades he has been an important contributor to the Baltimore jazz scene, both as a saxophonist and singer and as president of the non-profit Baltimore Jazz Alliance. He has produced two BJA compilation CDs, Baltimore Jazzscapes and Baltimore Jazzscapes II, and produced and performed on two CDs by his own group, Cold Spring Jazz Quartet: 2003's Same Place. Different Time, and 2008's Urban Pastoral. In 2010 he published Music at the Crossroads: Lives and Legacies of Baltimore Jazz, a book he co-edited with eight of his Loyola students.
Osteen has been married since 1981 to Leslie Gilden. Their son Cameron, born in 1989, is the subject of One of Us: A Family's Life with Autism.
For further information, please visit the author's website: http://www.markosteen.com.
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