Brian Brems

Instructor, English

Tel.: (630) 942-2521
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E07B

Areas of Research Interest


Using film in the composition classroom, addressing social issues as a means of teaching composition, learner-centered approaches in teaching, using technology as facilitator of educational outcomes.

The films of Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, David Cronenberg
Japanese Cinema
Film Noir
Genre Studies


Recent Courses Taught:

  • English 1101
  • English 1102
  • English 1154


Current Projects

  • An exploration of genre and cinematic and literary influence in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.


Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books:

  • Midwest Conference on Literature, Language and Media 2009: Presented "The Language of War in Byron's Childe Harold"
  • Midwest Conference on Literature, Language and Media 2010: Presented "Always Put One in the Brain: Masculinity and the Head in Miller's Crossing"
  • Allerton Articulation Conference 2010: Presented "Coen Brothers Film & Literature Pedagogy Project"
  • Midwest Popular Culture Association 2010:Presented" 'A True and living prophet of destruction': Chigurh as Vietcong in the Novel/Film No Country for Old Men"
  • Allerton Articulation Conference 2013:Presented "Using Documentary Film in The Composition II Classroom"



  • M.A. in English (Film & Literature) Northern Illinois University, 2010
  • B.A. in English Northern Illinois University, 2008