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I work at the intersection of film aesthetics, media history, political economy and eco-materialist media studies, with an emphasis on early cinema. My articles have been published in a number of venues, including Screen, PMLA, Cinema Journal, Feminist Media Studies, Textual Practice and Cultural Critique. My 2016 monograph, The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film (Routledge), examined the cinematic life of a series of posthumous or borderline emotions, including knowingness, boredom, fascination, euphoria and bewilderment.
My current book project, which is funded by a Marsden grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand, advances a counter-history of cinematic form. Provisionally entitled A Natural History of Film Form, it argues that the raw materials of early photographic film stock—cellulose, silver and gelatin—shaped the emergence and evolution of popular Euro-American film aesthetics across the extended "early" period (1895-1925).
Modern visual cultures; film and media history; the political aesthetics of cinema; eco-materialist approaches to film and media; the politics of affect; political economy of the media
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)
Project Title: The natural history of Film Form: Film Aesthetics through animal, vegetable and mineral matter
Date Range: 2019 - 2022
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand