Lucy Bolton

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Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
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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


  • Film Philosophy FLM602 BA and MA (module convener)
  • Approaches and Analysis FLM401 (module co-convener)
  • Research Project Supervision FLM304
  • MA Core Course

Areas of specialization and interest:

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 am co-writing, with Dr Catherine Wheatley, Film Philosophy: An Introduction to Concepts, Forms and Theories, to be published by Berghahn.

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 am also guest editing 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 (IB Tauris).

I welcome PhD applications in the fields of film philosophy and phenomenology, film stardom and women's cinema.



Books and edited works:

  • Lasting Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure (Palgrave Macmillan 2016, forthcoming)
  • 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: 


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,
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  • Review Article (3,000 words), Falzon, Christopher, Philosophy Goes to the Movies (Second Edition) (Routledge, 2007), Film Philosophy, 11.3 December 2007
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  • 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,
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  • '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)


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Office hours: 
Tuesday 2-3, or by appointment