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
'The Animal Rights Documentary,' in The Routledge Companion to Film and Politics. Yannis Tzioumakis and Claire Molloy, eds. London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2015).
'A Show of Hands: Zoomorphism and Cinema,' in Animal Life and the Moving Image, Laura McMahon and Michael Lawrence, eds., New York: Columbia University Press (forthcoming, 2015).
'Reflexive Realism in René Clément's Forbidden Games,' 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 Lucchi's Animali Criminali" Screen (forthcoming, 2014).
'Three Worlds,' in Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human. Anat Pick and Guinevere Narraway, eds., Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.
'Intersecting Ecology and Film,' in Screening Nature, Anat Pick and Guinevere Narraway, eds., Oxford: Berghahn, 2013.
''Some Small Discrepancy': Jean-Christophe Bailly's Creaturely Ontology,' Journal of Animal Ethics 3.2 (2013), pp. 176-187.
'Turning to Animals Between Love and Law,' New Formations 76 (2012): pp. 68-85. http://www.academia.edu/1908640/Turning_to_Animals_Between_Love_and_Law'The
'The Equitable Eye: On Creaturely Life in the Films of Betty Leirner' Catalogue essay, Betty Leirner Retrospective, Cinemateca Brasileira, SÃ£o Paolo, September 2010 (English & Portuguese). '¨http://www.academia.edu/927055/_The_Equitable_Eye_On_Creaturely_Life_in_the_Films_of_Betty_Leirner
'Todd Haynes's Melodramas of Abstraction,' in All That Heaven Allows: The Cinema of Todd Haynes. James Morrison, ed. London: Wallflower, 2007, pp. 145-155.
'Simone Weil: Notes on a Timid Cinema' Vertigo 3.6 (2007): pp. 22 23.'¨http://www.academia.edu/590568/_Simone_Weil_Notes_on_a_Timid_Cinema_
'Ecovisions: Seeing Animals in Recent Ethnographic Film' Vertigo 3.4 (2007): pp. 33-37.'¨http://www.academia.edu/593204/_Ecovisions_Seeing_Animals_in_Recent_Ethnographic_Film_
'Pigscripts: The Indignities of Species in Marie Darrieussecq's Pig Tales.' Parallax 12.1 (2006): pp. 43-56.
'The Shape of Things to Come: Giorgio Agamben's The Open: Man and Animal.' The Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature 5.2 Winter (2006). '¨http://www.brynmawr.edu/bmrcl/Winter2006/Agamben.htm
'New Queer Cinema and Lesbian Film,' 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 project'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 'creaturely' 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 particular 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.