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Sarah Dillon

University Lecturer in Literature and Film

I am a feminist literary and film critic and theorist. My research field is twentieth and twenty-first century British and North American literature and film, and continental philosophy. My diverse research interests are united by a consistent analysis of forms of intersection, interconnection and intimacy. My first monograph, The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (2007), argues that the metaphor of the palimpsest – a parchment or other writing surface on which otherwise unrelated texts become intimate due to reuse – provides a conceptual structure for thinking anew about history, subjectivity, temporality, textuality and sexuality. My second monograph, Deconstruction, Feminism, Film (2018), explores the interconnections between the three discourses of its title in order to develop and perform the possibilities of a feminist deconstructive film criticism, whilst also challenging, where necessary, Jacques Derrida’s thinking about gender, sexuality, film and the visual.

My current research is focused on the intersections of literature, film and science. Individually, I am working on Feminist Science Fiction Film, a book that seeks to establish the history, present and possible futures of the genre. In doing so, I aim to reconceive what 'the science fictional' is, and what it can do. Collaboratively, I am an Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence working on the AI Narratives project in conjunction with the Royal Society. I am part of a team carrying out research into the influence of imaginative literature on AI researchers, and I am collaborating on a range of other outputs.

Contact details:

Faculty of English
9 West Road


Tel: 01223 (7) 67325

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