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Dr. James C. Taylor

Taylor
Teaching Fellow
Email: j dot taylor dot 29 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room A0.25, Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS

 

About

James C. Taylor is a Teaching 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.

Teaching

In the 2019/20 academic year I am leading the first year core module Visual Cultures in the Autumn term and the new first year core module Screen Technologies in the Spring Term. I am also co-leading the Hollywood Cinema second year core module in the Autumn Term

I have previously taught on the following modules:

  • Film Criticism (first year core module)
  • Film History (first year core module)
  • National Cinema (second year core module)
  • World Cinema (second year core module)
  • Art of Animation (second and third year option)
  • Film Aesthetics (third year core module)
  • Screen Cultures and Methods (MA core module)
  • The Global Audience (MA option for the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies)

Publications

‘Renewing Hegemonic Masculinity Every Wednesday: Arrow and Television Form’, in Esther De Dauw and Daniel J. Connell (ed.), Toxic Masculinity: Mapping the Monstrous in Our Heroes (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, Forthcoming September 2020).

‘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.), Comics and Pop Culture: Adaptation from Panel to Frame (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019), pp. 232-245.

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

'Into the Superhero-Verse: Self-reflexivity and Critique in Animated Superhero Cinema', The Superhero Project: 3rd Global Meeting, Die Wolfsberg, Mülheim, September 2019.

'Into the Superhero-Verse: Postmodern Aesthetics in Animated Superhero Cinema', Association of Adaptation Studies Fifteenth Annual Conference: Adaptation and Modernisms, Masaryk University, Brno, September 2019.

'Junji Ito’s Gyo from Manga to Anime: Adaptation and Genre Hybridity', Fear 2000: Contemporary Horror Worldwide, Sheffield Hallam University, May 2019.

'The Adaptation’s Sequel as Textual Replicant: Blade Runner 2049’s Quest for Authenticity', Association of Adaptation Studies Thirteenth Annual Conference: Facts: True, Alternative, Evolving, University of Amsterdam, September 2018.

'Digital Imaging Technology and Technique', Film as Film Today: On the Criticism and Theory of V. F. Perkins, University of Warwick, September 2018.

‘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.

Teaching

Undergraduate modules
Postgraduate modules