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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Jules O'Dwyer

Research Fellow
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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St John's College
United Kingdom


Jules joined St John’s College as a Research Fellow in October 2020. Following an undergraduate degree in Politics and French, he completed his MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures and his PhD in Film and Screen Studies at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr. John David Rhodes.


Research interests: 

Jules specialises in contemporary French cinema, film theory and queer studies. His doctoral thesis explored questions of socio-sexual itinerancy and cinematic space in the work of filmmakers including Jacques Nolot, Vincent Dieutre and Alain Guiraudie. This work is currently being revised for publication as a monograph that is provisionally entitled Cruising French cinema. Jules is also working on a new project that looks at how French filmmakers and theorists have explored the porous boundaries between the cinema, the museum and the art gallery.

His 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. He is also a co-editor at the journal World Picture.

Published works: 

[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.