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Dr. James C. Taylor


James C. Taylor is an Associate Fellow at the Department of Film and Television Studies. He holds a BA in Film Studies from the University of Kent, and completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Warwick. His PhD thesis, ‘Hollywood Superheroes: The Aesthetics of Comic Book to Film Adaptation’, develops a theoretically-informed approach with which to undertake close analysis of superhero blockbusters adapted from comic books. The thesis can be read here.

Research Interests

My research interests include Hollywood cinema, digital images, adaptation theory, transmediality and comics studies. I am particularly interested in exploring ways in which style and form inflect the meanings of texts as they are adapted between media. I am currently working on turning my PhD thesis into a monograph. The main media analysed in this project are film and comics, but I also look at other media in which the characters studied have featured, and examine dialogic interactions between the various texts and media in my corpus.


In the 2017/18 academic year I am leading a two week unit on textual analysis on the Screen Cultures and Methods MA module, and a four week unit on comics and adaptation on the Visual Cultures first year module. I am also a teaching assistant on the Film Criticism first year module (Autumn and Spring terms) and the Hollywood Cinema second year module (Spring term).

I have previously taught on the National Cinema second year module and Film Aesthetics third year module.


‘Can a Digitally Constructed Spider-Man do Whatever a Hand-Drawn Spider-Man Can?: CGI as Adaptation Strategy’, in Barry Keith Grant and Scott Henderson (eds.), From Panel to Frame: A Comics, Film and Culture Reader (Austin: University of Texas Press, Forthcoming 2018).

Reconfiguring Gender and Genre in Wonder Woman’, Alternate Takes (2017). PDF available here.

Kick-Ass Version 2.0: The Superhero’s Navigation of Comic Books, Film and Digital Media’, Writing Visual Culture, vol. 7 (2015).

Conference Papers

‘Can a Digitally Constructed Spider-Man Do Whatever a Hand-drawn Spider-Man Can?: CGI as Adaptation Strategy’, SCMS 2017, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, March 2017.

‘Nostalgic Reflections on American Comic Book and Cultural History in Superhero Blockbusters’, Association of Adaptation Studies Eleventh Annual Conference: Adaptations and History, St Anne’s College, Oxford, September 2016.

‘“I Must Become Something Else”: Arrow’s Serialisation of Masculinity’, The Superhero Project: 2nd Global Meeting, Mansfield College, Oxford, September 2016.

‘“Superheroes in New York? Give Me a Break”: Representing Urban Experience in Superhero Blockbusters’, Association of Adaptation Studies Tenth Annual Conference: Adaptations and the Metropolis, Senate House, London, September 2015.

‘The Mild Mannered Man of Steel: A Transmedia Dismantling of the Clark Kent/Superman Binary’, The Superhero Project: 1st Global Meeting, Mansfield College, Oxford, September 2015.

‘We are Iron Man: Forging Multiplicity in a Culturally Unfamiliar Superhero’, Association of Adaptation Studies Ninth Annual Conference: Adaptations and Multiplicities, Flagler College, St. Augustine, September 2014.

‘It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Coming Right at Us!: Staging Depth in Superman: The Movie’, The Digital in Depth: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Depth in Digital Media, University of Warwick, May 2014.

‘Beyond Kick-Ass Narratives: Exploring Formal Properties of Comic Books and Digital Media Converging in Cinematic Space’, Adventures in Textuality: Adaptation Studies in the 21st Century, University of Sunderland, April 2013.