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Dr Pansy Duncan

Lecturer in Media Studies

School of English and Media Studies

I work at the intersection of media aesthetics, media history and eco-materialist media studies, with an emphasis on early cinema. My articles on media affect and aesthetics have been published in a number of venues, including Screen, PMLA, Film Quarterly, Textual Practice and Cultural Critique, and my book, The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film, appeared with Routledge in 2016. 

My current book project, Cinematic Matters: Film Aesthetics through Animal, Vegetable and Mineral Matter, advances a counter-history of cinematic form, showing how the raw materials of film stock—cellulose, silver and gelatin—informed the emergence and evolution of Hollywood film aesthetics.

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Film theory

Affect theory

Comedy

Aesthetic theory

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Art Theory (190103): Art Theory and Criticism (190100): Cinema Studies (190201): Electronic Media Art (190203): Film, Television and Digital Media (190200): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Visual Cultures (190104)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Duncan, PK. (2018). Exploded Views: Early Cinema and the Spectacular Logic of the Explosion. Screen. 59(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2018). Lights, Camera, Lumino-Politics: Lighting The Searchers, from Paraffin to LED. Film-Philosophy.
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2017). The Uses of Hate: On Hate as a Political Category. M/C Journal. 20(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2017). I drink liberal tears: Genre, desire and the leaky liberal body. Feminist Media Studies. 17(3), 516-520 Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2017.1304718
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2017). Joke work: Comic labour and the aesthetics of the awkward. Comedy Studies. 8(1), 1-21 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rcos20
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2017). Once More, with Fredric Jameson. Cultural Critique. 97, 1-23
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2016). Stuck on you. Feminist Formations. 28(2), 112-118 Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/35481
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2015). Love Story. Public Books.
[Book Review]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2015). Bored and Boringer: Avant-garde and trash in Harmony Korine's Gummo. Textual Practice. 29(4), 717-743
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2014). The cinematic life of the implosion. Film Quarterly. 68(2), 37-47
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2014). Cute studies. Cultural Studies Review. 20(1), 327-334
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2014). Taking the smooth with the rough: Texture, emotion and the other postmodernism. PMLA. 129(2), 204-222
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2013). Corey Haim and the 'Homeless Celebrity': Rock Bottom on Rodeo Drive. Celebrity Studies. 4(2), 241-244
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2011). Tears, Melodrama and 'Heterosensibility' in Letter from an Unknown Woman. Screen. 52(2), 173-192
[Journal article]Authored by: Duncan, P.

Book

Duncan, PK. (2016). Shrubs and the city: Urban plant life in rear window. In P. Viera, M. Gagliano, & J. Ryan (Eds.) The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World. (pp. 219 - 232). Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield
[Chapter]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK.(2015). The emotional life of postmodern film: Affect theory's other. : Routledge
[Authored Book]Authored by: Duncan, P.

Creative Work

Duncan, PK. (2014) Regret. [Exhibition] Avidly
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2014) Regret. [Exhibition] Sport
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2010). B-A-C. [online]. Window gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2008) Soap. [Exhibition] Prix Choc
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2008) On Canine Humour. [Exhibition] Hue and Cry
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2008) Natural, Disaster. [Exhibition] Hue and Cry
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2007). A Tension Spanned. [Print/online]. Artspace.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2007) Love Poem. [Exhibition] Hue and Cry
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2005). The Copy Cats. [print]. Window Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2004). Game, Set and Match. [print]. Gus Fisher Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2004). Mise-en-Abyme. [Print]. Gus Fisher Gallery.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2003) The Apartment. [Exhibition] Sport
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2003) Soundings. [Exhibition] Sport
[Artwork]Authored by: Duncan, P.

Thesis

Duncan, PK. (2012). Feeling Postmodern: Emotion in Postmodern Film Aesthetics and Theory. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Duncan, P.

Conference

Duncan, PK. (2017, July). Fractal Fallout: The Digital Effects Explosion Spectacle. Presented at Film-Philosophy. Lancaster.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2017, June). Exploded Views: Early Cinema and the Spectacular Logic of the Explosion. Presented at Screen Studies 2017. University of Glasgow.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2015, June). Urban Plant Life in Cinematic New York. Presented at Screen Studies 2015: Screening Animals and the Inhuman
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2013, September). Affect Theory’s Face. Presented at On Violence: Rethinking Humanities and Social Sciences Conference. University of Zadar, Croatia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2012, June). Bored and Boringer: Avant-Garde and Trash in Gummo. Presented at Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2012 (POPCAANZ),. Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2010, June). The Spectator Who Knew Too Much: Knowledge and Knowingness in Rushmore. Presented at Visual Literacies. Oxford, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Duncan, P.
Duncan, PK. (2005, November). Old Wounds. Presented at The Bone People After Twenty Years. Victoria University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Duncan, P.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

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