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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 & Linguistics
Contact details: 

Corpus Christi College 
Trumpington Street 



Emma Wilson has research interests in contemporary visual culture. She has written on children and cinema in her 2003 volume Cinema's Missing Children, in her 2021 monograph Céline Sciamma: Portraits 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 2021 monograph Love, Mortality and the Moving Image, in her studies of directors Alain Resnais and Atom Egoyan, and in her ongoing writing on the work of Marguerite Duras and Chantal Akerman. Her 2019 book The Reclining Nude explored the work of contemporary women filmmakers and photographers working in Paris, including Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat and Nan Goldin. It will be followed by a further monograph, Maternal Eroticism, Feminist Vision, on which she is currently working. She has plans in the future to work on the films of Alice Rohrwacher. She writes regularly on French and Italian film for Film Quarterly.  

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 and Intimacy
  • Gender
  • Love and sexuality


Published works: 

Céline Sciamma: Portraits (Edinburgh University Press, 2021)

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)