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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson
Professor of French Literature and the Visual Arts
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
(+44) (0)1223 338065

Corpus Christi College 
Trumpington Street 


Emma Wilson has research interests in questions of affect, memory, the senses, love and desire. She has written on children and cinema in her 2003 volume Cinema's Missing Children and in a series of essays on representations of children in the work of women filmmakers. She has written on uses of cinema in contexts of intimate and historical responses to loss and pain, in her most recent monograph Love, Mortality and the Moving Image, in her studies of directors Alain Resnais and Atom Egoyan, and in ongoing work on Marguerite Duras. She is currently working on a new book The Reclining Nude about contemporary women filmmakers and photographers working in Paris, including Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat and Nan Goldin. She is also planning a short volume on the films of Céline Sciamma.

Professor Wilson welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to her interests.

Teaching interests: 
  • Modern and Contemporary Film
  • Contemporary Writing in the French-speaking World
  • Gender
Research interests: 
  • Contemporary Women Filmmakers in France and Italy
  • Women Photographers and Installation Artists
  • Life-writing, Intimacy, and Eroticism
  • Simone de Beauvoir
Published works: 

The Reclining Nude: Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat and Nan Goldin (Liverpool University Press, 2019)

Love, Mortality, and the Moving Image (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Atom Egoyan (University of Illinois Press, 2009)

Alain Resnais (Manchester University Press, 2006)

Cinema’s Missing Children (Columbia University Press/Wallflower, 2003)

Memory and Survival: The French Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski (Legenda, 2000)

Sexuality and the Reading Encounter: Identity and Desire in Proust, Duras, Tournier, and Cixous (Oxford University Press, 1996)