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Dr Matt Denny


I am an Associate Fellow of the department of Film Television Studies, and work as a Senior Sessional Tutor convening the Discovering Cinema Module. I previously completed both undergraduate and postgraduate study in the department. I hold a First Class BA in Film and Literature, an MA For Research in Film and Television Study, and earned my PhD in Film and Television Studies in 2016. My doctoral thesis is concerned with theories of film authorship and postmodern cinema.

Current Teaching

I am the module convener for the Discovering Cinema module in the Autumn. I also teach on the Hollywood Cinema module, and will be taking seminars for Film Aesthetics in the Spring Term. I have previously taught on Postmodern Hollywood and Film Aesthetics.

Research Interests

  • Film Theory; particularly theories of film authorship, postmodernism, and post-structuralist theory and film
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; specialising in action cinema and post-classical style
  • Horror Cinema; with particular interest in British Horror cinema, definitions of the gothic, and folk horror
  • Film philosophy; Nietzsche, R.G. Collingwood's theory of art, and the posthuman

Conference Papers

Tony Scott's Déjà Vu (2006): Looking Again at Spectacle, Style, and Substance
Film-Philosophy Conference, 20th – 22nd June 2015, Oxford University

In Celebration of Her Wickedness? Critical Intertextuality and the Female Vampire in Byzantium
Fear 2000 Conference, 21st – 22nd April 2017, Sheffield Hallam University

Don’t Call it a Horror Film: The Uses of the Gothic in Crimson Peak
Gothic Feminisms Conference, 24th – 26th May 2017, University of Kent Canterbury

The Postmodern Auteur: A New Wave Legacy
The American New Wave: A Retrospective, 4th – 6th July 2017, Bangor University

Journal Articles and Other Publications

I am currently working with with Professor Catherine Constable (Warwick) and Dr Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo) to co-edit a special edition of the Film-Philosophy Journal on the theme of Surfaces

AI and Gender Trouble Podcast

I appear as one of the contributors to the Gender and AI Podcast, a project devised and organised by Dr Nike Jung

Both sessions of the podcast are available now to stream

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