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Research by Thematic Field

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Research by Thematic Field: Visual Culture; Film and Screen

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Antonello, Dr Pierpaolo

​Pierpaolo Antonello's research interests include Modern Italian cultural history and intellectual history, Modern Italian visual culture, including art and cinema, René Girard’s mimetic theory.

Azérad, Dr Hugues

Hugues Azérad specialises in comparative literature and aesthetics (Proust, Joyce, Faulkner, Bonnefoy, Glissant, Nerval, Benjamin, Adorno, Rancière), postcolonial literature,  modernisms, utopia, film, French literature/poetry from 19th century to the present and links between Language learning and cultural studies.

Brundin, Dr Abigail

Abigail Brundin's research interests include the literature and culture of the Italian renaissance, with a particular focus on women writers, poetry, print culture, devotional literature, censorship and religion.

Burgwinkle, Dr Bill

Bill Burgwinkle is a specialist in Medieval French and Occitan literature, gender and sexuality, and critical theory. He is currently working on the afterlife of the troubadours, charting the changing notion of belief and its relation to love in the thirteenth century.

Cacho, Dr Rodrigo

Rodrigo works on early modern literature and culture, focusing on comparative studies including European poetry and visual arts in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. He is currently working on the early development of Spanish American poetry in its transatlantic context.

 

Cameron, Dr Bryan

Bryan Cameron's research centers on modern Spanish culture with a particular focus on literary, filmic and ideological production from the eighteenth century to the present.

Conde, Dr Maite

​Maite Conde’s research focuses on modern Brazilian culture. More specifically her work engages with questions concerning the relationship between cinema, literature and modernity in Brazil. This involves a sustained examination of theoretical debates regarding the productive dialogue between film and literary modernism in the early 1900s, discussions concerning cinema and modernity in Brazil’s First Republic, and the relationship between film and modern politics from the 1930s onwards. 

Damlé, Dr Amaleena

Amaleena Damlé's research interests lies in embodiment, affect, gender and sexuality in 20th- and 21st-century French and francophone literature, philosophy and visual culture. She is the author of The Becoming of the Body: Contemporary Women's Writing in French (EUP, 2014), and is currently working on a new project that considers emotional life in the feminine in recent French culture.

Dashwood, Dr Julie

Julie Dashwood's recent research had focused on modern Italian and European theatre, narrative and cultural history. She has, in particular, published extensively on Pirandello, De Roberto, Vivanti and Ristori.

Davis, Dr Stuart

Stuart Davis specialises in modern and contemporary Spanish Peninsular culture, with a particular interest in memory, shame and other emotions in literature, film and visual cultures. He has long standing interests in in canon theory, metacriticism, museum studies and representations of gender and sexuality.

Drayson, Dr Elizabeth

Elizabeth Drayson work on medieval and early modern Spanish literature and cultural history, with a particular interest in the relationship between Arabic, Jewish, and Christian cultures in medieval and Golden Age Spain, as well as the interpretation of medieval literature in art and film.

Epps, Prof Brad

Brad Epps' research interests interests include eighteenth to twenty-first century Spanish and Latin American literature, Catalan literature and film, Ibero-American cinema, photography, and art, Hispanophone Africa, theories of visuality, modernity, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, feminist thought, queer theory, urban cultures, immigration, and post-colonial studies, among others. 

 

Evans, Dr Georgina

Georgina Evans works on cinema, focusing on the communication of sensory experience, including non-human senses, the representation of that which is ordinarily invisible, underwater film, non-mammalian animals on film, formal questions concerning the construction of the frame and the 'fourth wall', and fairytales. She is based in the French department but her interests extend beyond French cinema, and address film from the early 20th century onwards.

 

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Finnin, Dr Rory

Rory Finnin's primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. He also studies Soviet Russian dissident literature and Turkish nationalist literature. His broader interests include nationalism theory, human rights discourse, and problems of cultural memory.

 

Franklin, Prof Simon

The general topic of Simon Franklin's research is the social and cultural history of information technologies in Russia. He am currently working on a wide-ranging study of cultures of writing and material texts in Russia from the mid 15th to the mid 19th century, using the concept of the 'graphosphere', defined as the space of the visible word.

 

Giannakopoulou, Dr Liana

Liana Giannakopoulou's research so far has culminated in two books: The Power of Pygmalion. Ancient Greek Sculpture in Modern Greek Poetry (Peter Lang 2007), which explores how poets shape their artistic identity in relation to Ancient Greek sculpture, and The Parthenon in Poetry. An Anthology (in Greek, published by the Hellenic Historical and Literary Archive in 2009), in which she has conducted extensive research on the presence of this monument in poetry from antiquity to today.

Gordon, Prof Robert

Robert Gordon works on the literature, cinema and cultural history of modern Italy.  His books include works on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Bicycle Thieves and the legacies of the Holocaust in postwar Italy.

 

Griffin, Dr Miranda

Miranda Griffin works on medieval French literature from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. In particular, she is interested in exploring the way in which the human and the nonhuman are defined in the Middle Ages. Miranda's current project focuses on the depiction of landscape and journeys in medieval French literature.

James, Dr Ian

Ian James's research focus' primarily on twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy and critical theory and also on literary and visual aesthetics. He is currently engaged in a project that interrogates engagements with science and technology in contemporary French thought.

 

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Kantaris, Dr Geoffrey

Geoffrey Kantaris's research focuses on Latin American cinema with particular interest in contemporary urban film produced in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. He has additionally worked on Latin American women's literature and on the theory of Latin American popular culture. He has strong interests in urban theory, human geography and theories of spatiality, "translocal" cultures, the politics of culture in Latin America, spatiality, "translocal" cultures, the politics of culture in Latin America, feminism and posthumanism.

Keown, Prof Dominic

Dominic Keown works on culture in Spain from 1833 to the present day. He is particularly interested in the interface between the official Spanish creative voice in literature, cinema and the arts and the dissident response from the Catalan-speaking areas in all their variety. He has translated many of the principal exponents of this ideological antagonism into English. 

Khalfa, Dr Jean

Jean Khalfa’s areas of research are the history of philosophy, modern literature (in particular contemporary poetry and Francophone writing), aesthetics and anthropology.

 

Larsen, Dr Susan

Susan Larsen's research focuses primarily on questions  of gender and national identity in Russian culture from the late 18th century through the present.  Current projects include work on Russian girls' culture, 1764-1917; sound in 1960s Soviet cinema; late Soviet musicals; and contemporary Russian documentary.  Earlier work includes studies of Mikhail Bulgakov and 20th-century Russian theatre.

Lisboa, Prof Maria Manuel

Maria Manuel (Manucha) Lisboa's research interests lie in the area of manifestations of political, religious and social dissent in literary and visual texts in Portugal and Brazil from the nineteenth century to the present.

Maguire, Dr Geoffrey

Geoffrey Maguire’s research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of politics and culture in contemporary Latin America, with a particular emphasis on 21st-century Argentine literature, film and visual art.

McMahon, Dr Laura

Laura McMahon's research focuses on French and Francophone cinema, contemporary French philosophy, and intersections between film and philosophy.

 

McNeill, Dr Isabelle

Isabelle McNeill works on French and transnational cinema and film theory, with a particular interest in cultural memory, urban space, belonging and travel. Her current focus is on representations of Paris in cinema, addressing questions of urban history, tourism and architectural/cinematic perspective.

 

Neumann, Dr Annja

Annja Neumann works on literature and medicine in Modern German literature. Her research explores Medical Humanities and Digital Humanities through Literary Studies and is closely linked to the digital critical edition of Arthur Schnitzler’s middle period works. She is particularly interested in interrelations between medical topographies and poetics of doctor-writers. The conjunction between body and textuality also defines her research on 20th century poetry.

 

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Page, Dr Joanna

Joanna Page's research focuses on Argentine literature and cinema, Chilean cinema, and graphic fiction from Latin America. Her work engages with theories of science and culture, as well as new materialist and posthuman thought, postcolonial theory, film and new media theories, and capitalism and neoliberalism in Latin America.

 

Pevny, Dr Olenka

​Olenka Pevny's research interests include the cultural history, visual culture and art and architectural history of medieval and early modern Eastern Europe with an emphasis on Ukraine. She studies the place of art and visual culture in narratives of national, regional, religious and gender identity and is involved in conservation and preservation initiatives of archaeological and cultural-historical sites. 

 

Polgovsky Ezcurra, Dr Mara

The work of Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra focuses on twentieth-century Latin American art and visual culture, in particular looking at the relationship between art and politics, the body in contemporary art, and, more recently, art and technoscience. Her areas of expertise are Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Polgovsky Ezcurra’s approach to the study of the history and politics of art is rooted in an effort to make visible the social value of this practice, share this value with students and other audiences, and understand how art is responding to recent processes of political and technological change. Her work has an interdisciplinary orientation, engaging with the fields of politics, philosophy, history of science, and anthropology. 

Reich, Dr Rebecca

Rebecca Reich’s primary research interests are in twentieth-century Russian literature and culture. She also has interdisciplinary interests in film and popular culture; intellectual and cultural history; and the history of science, medicine, print culture, law and dissent. Her current project examines psychiatric and literary conceptions of insanity in the Soviet Union from the 1950s to the 1980s.

 

Rhodes, Dr John David

John David Rhodes works on a variety of topics in European and American film. He is especially interested in Italian cinema and in relationships among film, architecture, and place. His work engages aesthetic theory, film theory, queer theory, and historical materialism.

Ruprecht, Dr Lucia

Lucia Ruprecht is researching across literature, dance, and film studies, from around 1800 to the 21st century. She has specific interests in theories of subjectivity, the relationship between performance and discourse, virtuosity as a cultural paradigm, cultures of gesture, and new theoretical approaches to dance historiography.

Sinclair, Prof Alison

Alison Sinclair, who retired in September 2014, specialises in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Peninsular literature, culture and intellectual history, with a focus on popular culture and cultural transmissions. She was PI on the AHRC-funded project ‘Wrongdoing in Spain 1800-1936: Realities, Representations, Reactions’ (2011-2014), and is currently part of a project to compile a universal catalogue of Spanish chapbooks (pliegos sueltos).

 

Toropova, Dr Anna

Anna Toropova’s work focuses on the cinema, culture and society of the Soviet Union before 1953. She is particularly interested in the role of mass culture in the Soviet project of ‘revolutionising’ mind and body. She is currently working on the following projects: 1) a monograph on genre film and the emotional and affective education of the New Soviet Person in the Stalin era, entitled Feeling Revolution: Cinema and the Politics of Affect under Stalin, and 2) a research project on psychological studies of Soviet film and theatre viewers in the 1920s and 1930s. Her wider research interests include theories of affect and emotion, psychoanalysis, and biopolitics.

 

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Webb, Dr Heather

Dr Heather Webb’s research focuses on concepts of personhood, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in late medieval Italy. Her current work is concerned with gesture and devotion in Dante’s Comedy and as visualised by his late medieval and early modern readers.

Webber, Prof Andrew J.

Andrew J. Webber’s research covers a wide range of textual and visual culture over the modern period. He has particular interests in questions of identity and place, in relationships between literature, film and other media, and in cultural theory.

Widdis, Dr Emma

Emma Widdis works mainly on Soviet cinema and culture before 1953; her research treats a broad range of historical materials, including literature, visual art, theory, architecture and popular science. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between cultural production and the project of creating 'new' subjectivities to correspond to revolutionary ideals. 

Wilson, Prof Emma

Emma Wilson has research interests in questions of affect, memory, the senses, love and desire. She has written on children in cinema, and on uses of cinema in contexts of intimate and historical responses to loss and pain.

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