Associate Professor in French and Screen Studies
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23014
Fourth Floor, Faculty of Arts Building
Email: M dot G dot M dot Harrod at warwick dot ac dot uk
My primary research is in contemporary film and media history and theory and is tied together by a focus on cultural - especially gender - identity, notably in its relation to aesthetics and in popular and/or transnational modes.
After completing a BA in Modern Languages I worked for six years in film development and production, before writing a PhD thesis examining filmed romantic comedy's phenomenal recent proliferation in France from a cultural studies perspective, the monograph resulting from which was shortlisted for The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies' (BAFTSS) Best Monograph Prize. I concurrently co-edited a book examining the status of European cinema in today's increasingly globalised age.
More recently, alongside maintaining my expertise in cultural approaches to European audiovisual production, I have co-edited a volume looking at genre narratives authored by women in film and television globally that won the BAFTSS Best Edited Collection Prize (2019). Meanwhile, I have completed the related monograph Heightened Genre and Women's Filmmaking in Hollywood: the Rise of the Cine-fille (2021).
In March 2018 I was awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award to fund a series of events on the theme of 'Imagining "We" in the Age of "I": Romance and Social Bonding in Contemporary Culture'. In collaboration with Diane Negra and Suzanne Leonard, I have co-edited a book deriving from the project with a trans-global and trans-media focus, which won a Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Outstanding Achievement Award (Edited Collection of the Year, 2022).
I have recently completed an AHRC Networking Grant as Principal Investigator on the project 'Producing the Post-National Popular: The Expanding Imagination of Mainstream French Films and Television Series', whose key intervention was to take French production as emblematic of major expansions in the transnational circulation of audiovisual culture across even linguistic borders in the contemporary moment, drawing out the implications of this change for representations and cross-cultural perceptions and dialogue https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/modernlanguages/research/french/currentprojects/postnationalpopularLink opens in a new window.
My various strands of contemporary work take in gender and sexuality studies (especially transnational and comparative); questions of embodied address, performance and celebrity; and issues of media technologically-constructed 'posthuman' identity, which will be the focus of my next monograph.
I am Co-Chief General Editor of French Screen Studies (with Ginette Vincendeau). I also sit on the board of MAI Feminism.
Visiting Appointments and Speaking Invitations
As well as having held a visiting scholarship at MIT and a concurrent visiting lectureship at Brandeis University (Boston), I have presented by invitation widely at academic institutions including among many others the Universities of Oxford, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Maryland and Gdansk, King's College London and the Sorbonne, as well as speaking at cultural institutions such as the MIT Museum (Boston), the London Cinema Museum, the Institut Français or the British Film Institute, where I appear regularly.
Teaching and Supervision
I specialise in teaching French media and society and am responsible for the final-year modules States of the Nation: French Film and Society From 1995 to the Present and Gender and Representation in French Media since 1970, as well as sometimes the second-year module French Cinema from the First to the Second World War. I have taught at MA level on various courses (e.g. History and Film and running specialised modules: French Gender Studies, Genre in French Film History and Female Homosociality and Homoeroticism in Postfeminist French Cinema).
In 2016-17 I was Visiting Lecturer at Brandeis University, I taught modules on Introduction to the Moving Image and Genre Films in Cinema and Television (taught using only women directors).
I have experience supervising doctoral theses on transnational screen horror; multiracial film comedy; women's authorship in genre cinema; and one-parent families in contemporary French cinema. I am interested in supervising projects on a range of topics in contemporary (especially European, US, Hispanic or trans/postnational) film and media, emphasising popular modes and/or cultural and gender studies.
Heightened Genre and Women's Filmmaking in Hollywood: the Rise of the Cine-fille, Palgrave Macmillan (2021).
From France with Love: Gender and Identity in French Romantic Comedy, I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury (2015). Shortlisted for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Monograph 2017.
M. Harrod and R. Moine, Is it French? Popular Postnational Screen Fiction from France, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming December 2023).
M. Harrod, S. Leonard and D. Negra (eds), Imagining 'We' in the Age of 'I': Romance and Social Bonding in Contemporary Culture, Routledge (2021). WINNER of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Outstanding Achievement Award (Edited Collection of the Year, 2022).
M. Harrod and K. Paszkiewicz (eds), Women Do Genre in Film and Television, Routledge (2017). Nominated for the Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award 2018 (only edited collection nominated) and WINNER of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Edited Collection Prize for 2019.
M. Harrod, M. Liz and A. Timoshkina (eds), The Europeanness of European Cinema: Identity, Meaning, Globalization, I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury (2015).
Journal Special Issues
M. Harrod and P. Powrie (eds), ‘New directions in contemporary French comedies,’ Studies in French Cinema 18:1 (2018).
‘Staging the generic self: Céline Sciamma’s autofictional praxis,’ French Screen Studies vol. 23, no. ii-iii (2023), pp. 212-230. Full article: Staging the generic self: Céline Sciamma’s autofictional praxis (tandfonline.com). Open Access.
- ‘Nostalgia, Melancholia, Trauma: Backlash Postfeminism in Contemporary French Cinematic Romance,’ Nottingham French Studies vol. 61, no. 3 (2022), Special Issue on French Postfeminism, pp. 208–226.
‘The “Selfish” Mothers of Contemporary French Screen Comedy,’ Genre en séries, cinéma, télévision, médias no. 12-13 (2022), Special Issue on Gender and Comedy: Stars, Performances, Characters. https://doi.org/10.4000/ges.2994. Open Access.
- 'Heightened Genre and Women’s Filmmaking in Hollywood: Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008) as Teen Gothic,' Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics vol. 6, no. 2 (2022). https://doi.org/10.20897/femenc/12343 (written article and video essay). Open Access.
- 'Channelling globalism: Canal+ as Transnational French Genre Film Producer,' Contemporary French Civilization vol. 6, no. 3 (2021) Special Issue on 'Canal + and Contemporary French Cinema and Television,' (eds. Christopher Meir and Raymond Kuhn), pp. 285-307.
- ‘From Postnational Mobility to Posthuman Fluidity: Unfixed Identities and Social Responsibilities in Personal Shopper (Assayas 2016) and Happy End (Haneke 2017),’ Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook no. 18 (2020), Special Issue on 'Europe at the Crossroads: Cinematic Takes' (ed. Temenuga Trifonova), pp. 85–101.
- ‘“Money Can't Buy Me Love”: Radical Right-wing Populism in French Romantic Comedies of the 2010s,’ New Review of Film and Television Studies, Special Issue on ‘Radical Romantic Comedy', vol. 18, no. 1 (January 2020) (ed. Maria San Fiippo), pp. 101-118.
- M. Harrod and P. Powrie, ‘New directions in contemporary French comedies: From nation, sex and class to ethnicity, community and the vagaries of the postmodern,’ Studies in French Cinema vol. 18, no.1 (2018), pp. 1-17.
- ‘Sweet Nothings? Imagining the Inexpressible in Contemporary French Romantic Comedy,’ Studies in French Cinema, vol. 13, no. 2 (2013), pp.171-187. Winner of the 2013 Susan Hayward Prize.
- ‘The Réalisatrice and the Rom-Com in the 2000s,’ Studies in French Cinema vol. 12, no. 3 (2012), Special Issue on ‘Women’s Filmmaking in the 2000s,’ (ed. Carrie Tarr), pp.227-240.
- ‘Linguistic Difference as Ontological Sameness in Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Boon 2008),’ Studies in French Cinema vol. 12, no. 1 (2012), pp.75-86. Winner of the 2012 Susan Hayward Prize.
- ‘The Aesthetics of Pastiche in the Work of Richard Linklater,’ Screen vol. 51, no.1 (2010), pp.21-37.
Book Reviews and Review Articles
- Charlotte Gainsbourg: Transnational and Transmedia Stardom by Felicity Chaplin, French Studies vol. 76, no. 2 (April 2022), Pages 311–312, https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knac003
- Middlebrow Cinema by Sally Faulkner (ed.), New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film
Vol.17, No. 1 (2020): 122-125.
- The Nasty Woman and the Neo Femme Fatale in Contemporary Cinema by Agnieszka Piotrowska, Film-Philosophy no. 24 (2020): 250-253.
- Nancy Meyers by Deborah Jermyn, Feminist Media Studies, no. 2 (February 2018): 329-330.
- French Cinema in Close-Up by Michael Abecassis with M. Block (eds), Studies in European Cinema vol. 13 (August 2016)
- Nationalism and the Cinema in France: Political Mythologies and Film Events, 1945-1995 by Hugo Frey, French History vol. 30, no. 2 (2016): 282-283.
- French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History by Rémi Fournier-Lanzoni, French Studies vol. 69, no. 4 (2015): 573-574.
- Je t’aime...moi non plus: Franco-British Cinematic Relations by L. Mazdon and C. Wheatley (eds), Screening the Past no. 33 (April 2012).
- Richard Linklater by David T. Johnson, Senses of Cinema no. 64 (September 2012)
Media, Public Engagement and Non-Traditional Academia
- 'No Hard Feelings: a sex comedy that makes the case for friendship over romance.' The Conversation, 20 July 2023 No Hard Feelings: a sex comedy that makes the case for friendship over romance (theconversation.com). The Conversation's most read piece of the year from University of Warwick academics, read > 49,000 times across India, Pakistan, UK, US and Ethiopia, and republished by Newsify (App), Old Reader, Inoreader (RSS reader), Menafn, Tolerance.ca and Yahoo News.
- Interview on the transnational politics of Netflix's Emily in Paris for TRT World (international news channel based in Turkey), 22 December 2022 Emily in Paris | 75 Years of Türkiye-Pakistan Relations & Avatar 2 - YouTube
- Blog post on the Depp-Heard controversy https://maifeminism.com/the-avalanche-of-misogynistic-hate-speech-directed-at-amber-heard-must-unite-women-against-resistance-to-our-voices/Link opens in a new window 15 June 2022.
- Proposed, organised and spoke at event discussing of contemporary attitudes to sex at Coventry City of Culture's Resonate Festival, University of Warwick Let's Talk About Sex — Resonate Festival, 20 April 2022.
- Interview on gender equality in European audiovisual industries for TRT World (international news channel based in Turkey), 27 January 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFvIPZvWAjgLink opens in a new window
- Masterclass on gender stereotypes in television, Are You Series? Festival, Brussels, 8-12 December 2021 Are You Series : la diversité et l’égalité dans la fiction. Part 3 | Talk | Bozar - YouTube.
- 'Has less sex in real life led to more raunch on our screens?' The Conversation,13 October 2021 Has less sex in real life led to more raunch on our screens? (theconversation.com) . Read > 26,000 times across the United Kingdom, India, United States, Vietnam and Pakistan and reprinted in The Metro,16 October 2021, and The Independent, 1 November 2021 (as well as IOL, Newsify [App] and Menafn).
- Interviewed by Positive News about consumerism in the wake of COVID https://www.dropbox.com/s/4h4gagx9d83ignj/Positive%20news%20article.jpeg?dl=0 (September 2021 issue).
- 'Je ne suis pas un homme facile: inverser la domination de genre pour la rendre visible,' Le Genre et l'écran (Francophone film and TV blog), 6 août 2021 Je ne suis pas un homme facile - ♀ le genre & l'écran ♂ (genre-ecran.net).
- Mary Harrod, Suzanne Leonard and Diane Negra, 'Romance in the Time of Coronavirus,' SCMS+ 'Short Attention Span Criticism,' June 2020 https://www.cmstudies.org/page/SCMSPlus?fbclid=IwAR0LJU-LXGLEmCBJ8rDnlXkCvdCk3VLXPJ8VFODsBclvKfnHBD9GLNXNC68 (article 14).
Reuters interview with Sonia Elks for quotation for her article, ‘The bitch is back? UK film festival sparks debate over use of term’ http://news.trust.org/item/20190505110309-spvid/, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 5 May 2019. Reproduced for print and media in dozens of international media outlets including The Daily Mail newspaper, All Africa Radio and several Asian newspapers.
- 'The Favourite: At Last We're Seeing Lesbianism Take Centre Stage in Popular Culture', The Conversation, January 25 2019 https://theconversation.com/the-favourite-at-last-were-seeing-lesbianism-take-centre-stage-in-popular-culture-110045 Reprinted in The Independent online, 31 January 2019, The New European, 7 February 2019, p.44, and The i Newspaper online, 26 February 2019, among several other publications.
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, 2pm, interview discussing research project Imagining ‘We’ in the Age of ‘I,’ 27 September 2018.
- '#MeToo or #Moi Non Plus? How French Feminists are Divided Over Catherine Deneuve's Letter,' The Conversation, 12 January 2018 #Metoo or #Moi non plus? How French feminists are divided over Catherine Deneuve's letter (theconversation.com). Reprinted by Fair Observer, 13 January 2018, and The New European, 18 January 2018, p. 27.
- BBC News 24 with Shaun Ley, 2pm on Saturday 24 October 2017, discussing sexism in Hollywood and the Weinstein scandal https://www.dropbox.com/s/s4rc6pphy3gqror/BBC_News_Channel-2017-10-14_14-09-55.mp4?dl=0
- BBC Coventry and Warwick, Thursday 12 October 'Drive-Time' with Phil Upton at 5.45pm (on the Weinstein scandal).
- LBC Radio, London, Friday 13 October at 9.30pm (on the Weinstein scandal).
- 'Girls may be flawed, but its feminist legacy will last,' The Conversation, February 10 2017 https://theconversation.com/girls-may-be-flawed-but-its-feminist-legacy-will-last-72442. Reprinted in The Independent, Thursday 16 February 2017, p. 35.
- Discussing the French rom-com as part of 'French Thought' feature on 'Free Thinking', BBC Radio 3, Thursday 9 July 2015,10pm (at 34 mins 30s) https://www.dropbox.com/s/kgb4zlh3opob56f/Free%20Thinking%20-%209th%20July%202015.mp3?dl=0
- 'How Hollywood-style rom-coms seduced France', The Conversation, 24 June 2015 How Hollywood-style rom-coms seduced France (theconversation.com).
- I am also a repeat contributor to Sight and Sound and a regular speaker at events for schools and teaching bodies.
Background and Formal Qualifications
BA (Oxford [Magdalen College], French and Spanish); MA and PhD (King's College London, Film Studies). After my PhD, I taught at King's College and at the London School of Economics and Political Science's Gender Institute, before joining Warwick in 2014. I have also completed Warwick's PCAPP qualification (Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice) and am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am Head of French. I have historically been in charge of social media for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as Chair of Examinations for French Studies and for the School of Modern Languages (intermediate year).
Advice and feedback hours
Thursdays 11-1 or by appointment (e.g. most Wednesdays 5.30-7).
In 2021: FR268 French Cinema and Society from the First to the Second World War (convenor)
FR344 French Cinema (co-convenor)
Postgraduate Courses/Advanced Special Options
History and Film
French Gender Studies
Genre in French Film History
Female Homosociality and Homoeroticism in Postfeminist French Cinema
FR923 Intellectual Contexts: Intercultural Transactions