Movies, medieval poetry, music, translation, children’s literature: the media and genres discussed in the articles in this latest edition of Pacific Coast Philology reflect the diverse interests of the members of our organization, and of scholars who have chosen to publish their research in our journal. In her President’s Address, Katherine Kinney explores the theme of the 2018 PAMLA conference, “Actors, Roles, Stages,” in the interstices of highbrow theatrical traditions and cinematic genre formulae such as the horror movie and the sci-fi thriller. What Kinney calls “the truth, the persistence, and the decay of fiction” resonates not only in the four movies she discusses in her President’s Address, but also serves as an apt introduction to Patrick Milian’s article on Steve Reich’s composition Different Trains. Milian’s reference to “history’s recurring and highly mediated experience within the present” has a corollary in Angela Ridinger-Dotterman’s discussion of representations of twentieth-century American...

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