Film criticism; aesthetics, especially evaluation and appreciation; philosophy of criticism; film interpretation; the close analysis of film style; film performance; film and pedagogy.
Film Aesthetics and criticism; close reading; film style, interpretation and evaluation; history and philosophy of criticism; film theory and film-philosophy.
I am interested in Doctoral supervision related to any of my areas of teaching and research and have supervised to completion Doctoral theses on Intricacy and Intimacy in Contemporary US Cinema, The Body in Physical Comedy, The Interiority of the Unknown Woman in Film, Achieving Female Presence on Film, Testing Coherence in Narrative Film, andComplicating Articulation in Narrative Film.
MSt in Film Aesthetics
I jointly run Oxford University's one year Master's Degree in Film Aesthetics. Many film screenings for the degree take place in St Anne's College, and the college particularly welcomes film applicants.
I am on the editorial board of the newly relaunched MOVIE: A Journal of Film Criticism. The journal is a joint project between the Univeristies of Warwick, Reading and Oxford.
I am on the editorial board of Film-Philosophy Journal.
BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (University College , University of Oxford, 1991); MA in Film and Television Studies (Department of Film and Television, University of Warwick, 1993); PhD in Film Studies (University of Warwick, 1996); Senior Lecturer in Film Studies (University of Kent, 1996-2007)
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