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Dr Michelle Devereaux

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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in Film & Television Studies
Email: michelle dot devereaux at warwick dot ac dot uk
Faculty of Arts Building
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS



Originally from Canada, I received my PhD in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. I have taught film theory and history at the University of Warwick, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Birmingham. My research interests include gender and feminist studies, film-philosophy (especially regarding ethics and the philosophy of mind), film/TV adaptation, film and television aesthetics, American independent cinema, and affect and emotion studies. I am currently a board member of the online journal MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture and an associate fellow at Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study.

I am also co-organising an interdisciplinary conference, "Stanley Cavell and the Vicissitudes of Love", to be held at Warwick in May 2023:

Stanley Cavell and the Vicissitudes of Love

Current Research

My current research project, inspired by the work of Stanley Cavell and funded in part by the Leverhulme Trust, considers gender, trauma, philosophical scepticism and self-reliance in contemporary film and television. This project grew out of previous research on Romanticism in the context of contemporary American independent cinema, specifically its relation to identity, intersubjectivity, and aesthetics.

Selected Publications:


"It's My Party and I'll Die Even If I Don't Want To: Repetition, Acknowledgment, and Cavellian Perfectionism in Russian Doll," Television with Stanley Cavell in Mind, David LaRocca and Sandra Laugier (eds.), Exeter: University of Exeter Press (forthcoming 2023).

“The Knowledge of Feeling in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled,” The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sofia Coppola, Suzanne Ferris (ed.), New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic (forthcoming 2023).

The Stillness of Solitude: Romanticism and Contemporary American Independent Film (2019), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Journal Articles

 “Orders from an Unborn Baby: Maternal Scepticism, Vengeance and Voicelessness in Alice Lowe’s Prevenge,Screen, vol. 63, no. 1 (Spring 2022), Pages 107–114,

“ ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’: Imagination, Emotion and the Feminine Sublime in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999),” MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture, Issue 3 (Spring 2019),