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Dr Douglas Morrey

Dr Douglas MorreyAssociate Professor and Reader

Email: D dot J dot Morrey at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University Road
University of Warwick

Research interests

My primary research is in French cinema. I have written a book surveying the entire career of one of France's most celebrated directors, Jean-Luc Godard, and co-authored, with Alison Smith of the University of Liverpool, a study of Jacques Rivette, Godard's contemporary from the era of the French New Wave. I am now developing research into the legacy of the New Wave in French cinema.

I have also maintained an interest in contemporary French fiction and have recently completed a book about Michel Houellebecq for Liverpool University Press.

Teaching and supervision

I specialise in teaching French cinema, from the second-year French Cinema module (together with Mary Harrod) which covers the whole of French cinema, to the specialist final-year module on Stars and Stardom in French Cinema.

I also teach a second-year module looking at American remakes of French cinema throughout film history.

I have introduced a module on Popular Music in Contemporary France, looking at the history and diversity of pop music in France and its importance to French cultural identity.



  • Michel Houellebecq: Humanity and its Aftermath, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013.
  • Jacques Rivette, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009. Co-authored with Alison Smith.
  • Jean-Luc Godard, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005.

Articles and book chapters

  • 'The rough and the smooth: Narrative, character and performance in Fingers (1978) and De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (2005)', Studies in French Cinema 16.3 (2016).
  • ‘Claire Denis’, ‘Film’ and ‘Abbas Kiarostami’, entries in The Nancy Dictionary, ed. by Peter Gratton and Marie-Eve Morin, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

  • 'The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret: Jacques Rivette's Film Criticism for Arts', Film Criticism 39: 1 (2014), pp. 51-66.
  • ‘Stillness and Slowness in the Work of Michel Houellebecq’, Irish Journal of French Studies 14 (2014), pp. 1-22.
  • ‘Jean-Luc Godard, Christophe Honoré and the Legacy of the New Wave in French Cinema’, in Douglas Morrey, Christina Stojanova and Nicole Côté (eds), The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014), pp. 3-14.
  • 'Le Creux de la vague: Authorship, Adaptation and Sexuality in Les Godelureaux (1961)', Modern & Contemporary France 21:4 (2013), pp. 419-34.
  • ‘To Describe a Labyrinth: Dialectics in Jacques Rivette’s Film Theory and Film Practice’, Film-Philosophy 16:1 (2012), pp. 30-54.
  • ‘Natural and Anti-Natural Evolution: Genetics and Schizophrenia in Maurice G. Dantec’s Babylon Babies’, L’Esprit créateur, 52: 2 (2012), pp. 114-26.
  • ‘Houellebecq, Genetics and Evolutionary Psychology’, in Simon James and Nicholas Saul (eds), The Evolution of Literature: Legacies of Darwin in European Cultures (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 227-38.
  • ‘Perfect Crime, Absolute Evil: In the Vortex with Baudrillard and Dantec’, Cultural Politics, 7:3 (2011), pp. 431-444.

  • ‘To Elicit and Elude: The Film Writing of Keith Reader’, in Will Higbee and Sarah Leahy (eds), Studies in French Cinema: UK Perspectives 1985-2010 (Bristol: Intellect, 2011), pp. 191-201.

  • 'Secrets and Lies, or How (Not) to Write about Jacques Rivette', Australian Journal of French Studies, 47, 2 (2010), pp. 121-32.

  • ‘Michel Houellebecq’, entry in The Literary Encyclopedia, first published 17 May 2010,

  • 'Sex and the Single Male: Houellebecq, Feminism and Hegemonic Masculinity', Yale French Studies, 116-117 (2009), pp. 141-52.

  • ‘Listening and Touching, Looking and Thinking: The Dialogue in Philosophy and Film between Jean-Luc Nancy and Claire Denis’, in Temenuga Trifonova (ed.), European Film Theory ( New York, London: Routledge, 2009), pp. 122-33.

  • ‘Quiet Contradictions of Celebrity: Zinedine Zidane, image, sound, silence and fury’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 11, 3 (2008), pp. 303-322, article co-authored with Hugh Dauncey.

  • ‘Open Wounds: Body and Image in Jean-Luc Nancy and Claire Denis’, Film-Philosophy, 12, 1 (2008), 10-30.

  • ‘Introduction’, Special Issue: Claire Denis and Jean-Luc Nancy, Film-Philosophy, 12, 1 (2008), i-iv.

  • ‘Dr Schizo: Religion, reaction and Maurice G. Dantec’, Journal of European Studies, 37, 3 (2007), 295-312.

  • ‘Stop the World, or What’s Queer about Michel Houellebecq?’, in Queer Sexualities in French and Francophone Literature and Film, French Literature Series No. 34, New York: Rodopi, 2007.
  • ‘A bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard)’, in Phil Powrie (ed.), The Cinema of France, London: Wallflower, 2006, pp. 91-9.
  • ‘“The Acorn Don’t Fall Far from the Tree”: Genealogy and Eternal Return in Mystic River’, Storytelling: A Critical Journal of Popular Narrative, 5, 1, Fall 2005, pp. 41-52.
  • ‘The Noise of Thoughts: The Turbulent (Sound-)Worlds of Jean-Luc Godard’, Culture, Theory and Critique, 46, 1, April 2005, pp. 61-74.
  • ‘An Embarrassment of Riches: Godard and the Aesthetics of Expenditure in Le Rapport Darty’, in Patrick Crowley and Paul Hegarty (eds.), Formless: Ways In and Out of Form, Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2005, pp. 229-237.
  • ‘Textures of Terror: Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day’, Belphegor: Littérature populaire et culture médiatique, 3, 2, April 2004,
  • ‘Michel Houellebecq and the International Sexual Economy’, Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 1, 1, 2004,
  • ‘History of Resistance/Resistance of History: Godard’s Éloge de l’amour’, Studies in French Cinema, 3, 2, 2003, pp. 121-130.
  • ‘Tricks and Risks: Hervé Guibert’s L’Incognito, or the Dynamics of Contagion’, in Lucille Cairns (ed.), Gay and Lesbian Cultures in France, Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2002, pp. 247-255.
  • ‘Sida-topies: provocative communities in Guy Hocquenghem’s Ève and Vincent Borel’s Un ruban noir’, French Cultural Studies, 9, 3, 27, October 1998, pp. 385-398.

Review articles

  • Review of A Companion to Jean-Luc Godard (Tom Conley and T. Jefferson Kline, eds.), Movie 6 (2015),
  • Review of Michel Houellebecq: Author of Our Times by John McCann, H-France, 11, 20 (2011),
  • ‘Bodies that Matter: Vivian Sobchack’s Carnal Thoughts’, Film-Philosophy, 10, 2, 2006.


BA, MA, PhD (Warwick)

Office hours

Wednesday 12.00 - 1.00

Friday 2.00 - 3.00

Due to other commitments, these office hours may be subject to change. Please email me if you wish to make an appointment.

Michel Houellebecq book cover