Lucy Bolton

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Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
Arts One 1.02
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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.

Books and edited works:

  • Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure (Palgrave Macmillan 2016)
  • ‘#Marilyneveryday: the Cultural Persistence of Marilyn Monroe as a Cultural Icon’, Film, Fashion and Consumption Volume 4, numbers 2-3, December 2015
  • Film and Female Consciousness: Irigaray, Cinema and Thinking Women (Palgrave Macmillan 2011)  Shortlisted for BAFTSS prize for Best Monograph 2012. Paperback issue March 2015.
  • Italy On Screen: National Identity and Italian Imaginary, co-edited with Christina Siggers Manson (Peter Lang 2010)
  • Framed! Essays in French Studies (Peter Lang, 2007) (co-ed with Ann Lewis, Gerri Kimber, Michael Seabrook)


Forthcoming publications: 

 ‘Ageing, vulnerable and manic: the perception of Vivien Leigh in My Week with Marilyn’, in Journal of British Film and Television, forthcoming 2017

‘”You ain’t ugly like me, it’s just we both got scars”: Women in the films of Clint Eastwood’, for The Clint Eastwood Reader, edited by David Desser and Lester Friedman (Rutgers University Press, 2017) - submitted

 ‘From Starlet to Scarlet, and Blanche to Mrs Stone: the film performances of Vivien Leigh’, in Vivien Leigh: Star, Actress, Icon , edited by Katharine Dorney and Maggie Gale (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016) – submitted

 ‘An Afternoon with Iris’, The Iris Murdoch Review, 7, Summer 2016


Selected articles and book chapters:


  •  ‘Mia in Fish Tank: Being a Modern Girl in Modern Britain’, in Global Girlhood and International Cinema, ed. by Fiona Handyside and Kate Taylor (forthcoming, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • ‘Winslet, Dench, Murdoch and Alzheimer’s Disease: Intertextual Stardom in Iris’, in Feminisms, ed. by Laura Mulvey and Anna Backman Rogers (University of Amsterdam Press, 2015)
  • 'The Phenomenology of James Bond', in James Bond- Fan Phenomenon (Intellect, 2015)
  • 'Solving Suicide: Contemplating The Hours as a Puzzle Film', in Hollywood Puzzle Films, ed. by Warren Buckland (Routledge, 2014)
  • Nicholas Ray, in Fifty Hollywood Directors, ed. by Yvonne Tasker and Suzanne Leonard (Routledge, 2014)
  • 'Desperate Black Female: Race, Sex and Monster's Ball', in Race, Philosophy and Film, ed. by Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo and Dan Flory (Routledge, 2013)
  • Film and Television Stardom, edited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008’ (review) Celebrity Studies, Volume 1, Issue 3, forthcoming
  • The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader, 2nd Edition edited by Christopher Linder, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2009 (review article, 2000 words), Film-Philosophy Vol. 15, No 1 (2011)
  • Review Article:  Catherine Fowler, Sally Potter (Contemporary Film Directors) and Sophie Mayer, The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love. Screen 53.1, September 2010
  • 'The Blonde: Icon, Stereotype, Concept', Sight and Sound Online, March 2010
  • Remembering Flesh: Morvern Callar as an Irigarayan Alice, in Guilt and Shame: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture, ed. by Jenny Chamarette and Jennifer Higgins (Peter Lang, 2009)
  • Review article (3,000 words), Authorizing Jane Campion, Senses of Cinema, July 2009
  • 'Meg Gets Naked! Exposing the Female Star in Jane Campion's In the Cut', in Feminism and the Body, ed. by Catherin Kevin (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009)
  • 'But what if the object started to speak? Creating a Culture of Two On Screen', in Luce Irigaray, Teaching, ed. by Luce Irigaray (London; Continuum, 2008)
  • Philosophy Goes to the Movies, Cafe Philosophy (May/June 2008, p.7)
  • 'The Woman who Watched The Man Who Cried: A Study of Female Consciousness On Screen', Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, 8.3 December 2007,
    Link to article
  • Review Article (3,000 words), Falzon, Christopher, Philosophy Goes to the Movies (Second Edition) (Routledge, 2007), Film Philosophy, 11.3 December 2007
    Link to article
  • Review article (5,000 words), Kamir, Orit, Framed: Women in Law and Film, Duke University Press, 2006, and Sjogren, Britta, Into the Vortex: Female Voice and Paradox in Film, University of Illinois Press, April 2006, Scope, 9 October 2007,
    Link to article
  • 'The Camera as Speculum: Examining the Representation of Female Consciousness in Lost in Translation, Using the Thought of Luce Irigaray', in Plato's Cave to the Multiplex: Philosophy and Film, ed. by Barbara Gabriella Renzi and Stephen Rainey (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006)


Non-academic writing includes a recent piece for BBC Culture on Marilyn Monroe's 90th birthday

Media appearances include Woman's Hour <> and The Forum <>




    Film Philosophy FLM602 BA and MA (module convener)

    Research Project Supervision FLM304
    MA Dissertation Supervision



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