- Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human, co-edited with Guinevere Narraway. Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.
- Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
Selected essays and chapters
- â€œThe Animal Rights Documentary,â€ in The Routledge Companion to Film and Politics. Yannis Tzioumakis and Claire Molloy, eds. London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2015).
- â€œA Show of Hands: Zoomorphism and Cinema,â€ in Animal Life and the Moving Image, Laura McMahon and Michael Lawrence, eds., New York: Columbia University Press (forthcoming, 2015).
- â€œReflexive Realism in RenÃ© ClÃ©mentâ€™s Forbidden Games,â€ in Animots: Post-Animality in French Thought, special issue of Yale French Studies, edited by David Clark, Carla Freccero, and Matthew Senior (forthcoming, 2014).
- "Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchiâ€™s Animali Criminali" Screen (forthcoming, 2014).
- â€œThree Worlds,â€ in Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human. Anat Pick and Guinevere Narraway, eds., Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.
- â€œIntersecting Ecology and Film,â€ in Screening Nature, Anat Pick and Guinevere Narraway, eds., Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.
- â€œâ€˜Some Small Discrepancyâ€™: Jean-Christophe Baillyâ€™s Creaturely Ontology,â€ Journal of Animal Ethics 3.2 (2013), pp. 176â€“187.
- â€œTurning to Animals Between Love and Law,â€ New Formations 76 (2012): pp. 68-85. http://www.academia.edu/1908640/Turning_to_Animals_Between_Love_and_Lawâ€œThe
- â€œThe Equitable Eye: On Creaturely Life in the Films of Betty Leirnerâ€ Catalogue essay, Betty Leirner Retrospective, Cinemateca Brasileira, SÃ£o Paolo, September 2010 (English & Portuguese). â€¨http://www.academia.edu/927055/_The_Equitable_Eye_On_Creaturely_Life_in_the_Films_of_Betty_Leirner
- â€œTodd Haynesâ€™s Melodramas of Abstraction,â€ in All That Heaven Allows: The Cinema of Todd Haynes. James Morrison, ed. London: Wallflower, 2007, pp. 145-155.
- â€œSimone Weil: Notes on a Timid Cinemaâ€ Vertigo 3.6 (2007): pp. 22 23.â€¨http://www.academia.edu/590568/_Simone_Weil_Notes_on_a_Timid_Cinema_
- â€œEcovisions: Seeing Animals in Recent Ethnographic Filmâ€ Vertigo 3.4 (2007): pp. 33-37.â€¨http://www.academia.edu/593204/_Ecovisions_Seeing_Animals_in_Recent_Ethnographic_Film_
- â€œPigscripts: The Indignities of Species in Marie Darrieussecqâ€™s Pig Tales.â€ Parallax 12.1 (2006): pp. 43-56.
- â€œThe Shape of Things to Come: Giorgio Agambenâ€™s The Open: Man and Animal.â€ The Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature 5.2 Winter (2006). â€¨http://www.brynmawr.edu/bmrcl/Winter2006/Agamben.htm
- â€œNew Queer Cinema and Lesbian Film,â€ in New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader. Michele Aaron, ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004, pp. 103-118.
- FLM100 Introduction to Film
- FLM601 Screenwriting Project
- MA in Film Studies Core Course
- MA in Documentary Practice
- FLM609 Ecocinemas: Nature, Animals, and the Moving Image
- FLM511 The Visual Essay
Areas of specialization and interest
I work at the intersection of Film and Animal Studies. I'm concerned with the relationship between animals and the cinematic medium, in particular documentary, experimental, and early cinema. I am also interested in the interfaces between theory and practice, especially the visual essay. May 2013 saw the launch of my AHRC-funded project Screening Nature Network (SNN). SNN is devoted to showcasing and discussing early film and artist moving image on nature, ecology, and animals. The projectâ€™s partners are the Whitechapel Gallery, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), the Goethe-Institut, London, Tate Modern, and the Horse Hospital.
My book Creaturely Poetics explores how animality and vulnerability transform the critical framework of Film Studies, and articulates a â€œcreaturelyâ€ approach to image and text. With Guinevere Narraway, I coedited Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human, on ecology, animals, and film.
My work on animals and animality draws on continental philosophy and ethics, in particualr the work of Simone Weil, Levinas, Gillian Rose, Agamben, poststructuralism, and posthumanist theory. My current research projects explore the biopolitics of film, and Weil's theory of "affliction."
I welcome doctoral applications in the areas of animals and film, documentary, ecocinema, cinema and continental philosophy, and posthumanist cinemas.