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Lucy Bolton, BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Room: Arts One 1.02
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8916 ; email:
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Office hours: Tuesday 2-3, or by appointment



Research interests : film philosophy, Iris Murdoch, Virginia Woolf, British philosophy and film, stardom, Hollywood, British cinema, feminist philosophy, women and film

My research focuses on film and philosophy, with particular interest in feminist philosophy and phenomenology. I have published widely on the relationship between the work of Luce Irigaray and cinema, and this forms an ongoing part of my research and teaching. I am also interested in the work of Virginia Woolf and Iris Murdoch, and am researching ways in which these thinkers can be read alongside cinematic works. I am currently working on a monograph on Iris Murdoch's philosophy and contemporary cinema for Edinburgh University Press. I also research, teach and publish on stardom and celebrity, and am currently writing about the stardom of Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner in the film Mogambo (John Ford, 1953). I have recently co-edited, with Dr Julie Lobalzo-Wright, an collection entitled Lasting Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2016). I am writing about the film performances of Vivien Leigh for a book to be published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, and also about women in Clint Eastwood's films for The Clint Eastwood Reader. I have also guest edited a special issue of Film, Fashion and Consumption on the continuing cultural phenomenon of Marilyn Monroe. I work mainly in the fields of classical and contemporary Hollywood and British cinema. I convene the module Film Philosophy FLM602 (Level 6 and Level 7) and I contribute Film Philosophy sessions to the MA Core Course SMLM035. I am co-founder, along with Charles Drazin, of the Living British Cinema forum. I am on the editorial board of the journal Film-Philosophy. I am co-editor, with Richard Rushton, of the new book series Visionaries: Thinking through Female Filmmakers (Edinburgh University Press): I welcome PhD applications in the fields of film philosophy and phenomenology, film stardom and women's cinema.

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