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Dr Jules O'Dwyer

Research Fellow in French and Film Studies, St John’s College 

Jules works on contemporary French cinema, film theory and queer studies. His PhD thesis explored questions of socio-sexual itinerancy and cinematic space in the work of filmmakers including Jacques Nolot, Vincent Dieutre and Alain Guiraudie, and this work is currently being revised for publication as a monograph, provisionally entitled Cruising French cinema

In a new research project, he will examine how French filmmakers and theorists have thought about, and sought to politicize, the porous boundaries between the cinema, the museum and the art gallery in order to negotiate questions of cultural difference. An early prize-winning essay pertaining to this project was published in Screen in 2017. 

Jules’s previous publications have looked at a range of theoretical paradigms—including object-oriented thought, apparatus theory, and questions of intertextuality and stardom—through the lens of French film, ranging from 1950s ethnographic film to recent queer cinema. In addition to his teaching and research, he is also a co-editor of World Picture, a journal of critical theory and visual culture. 



[in preparation] ‘From the Story of an Eye to Corporeal Cinema’ in The Routledge Companion to Gender and Affect, ed. Todd Reeser (London; New York: Routledge, expected 2021). 

‘Enduring extremity: on Isabelle Huppert’s intertextual body’ in Isabelle Huppert: Stardom, Performance, Authorship, eds. Nick Rees-Roberts and Darren Waldron (New York: Bloomsbury, 2021): 79-98. 

‘Coming and going: Nolot, Barthes and the Porn Theater’, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 42:3 (Fall 220): 259-280.   

Review of ‘The Legacy of the New Wave in French cinema’ by Douglas Morrey, Studies in European Cinema, 18:2 (2020).  

‘Reframing the spaces of French cinema’, Studies in French Cinema, 19:2 (2019): 165-169. 

‘The cinematic Rorschach: on signs and stains in Michaux and Brakhage’ in Stains | Les Taches: Communication and Contamination in French Culture, eds. Zoe Angelis and Blake Gutt (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019): 69-84. 

Review of ‘Le Double: Littérature, Arts, Cinéma, Nouvelles approches’ ed by Erica Durante and Amaury Dehoux, French Studies, 73:4 (October 2019): 663. 

‘Histoire(s) de l’art: the queer curation of Vincent Dieutre’, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 16 (Winter 2018): 53-66.  

Review of ‘Film Bodies: Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema’ by Katharina Lindner, Film-Philosophy, 22:3 (October 2018): 510-513. 

‘Reorienting objects in Marker and Resnais’s Les Statues meurent aussi’, Screen, 58:4 (Winter 2017): 497- 507. 


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St John's College  
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