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Research interests

My key areas of research are:
* screen aesthetics
* European art cinema
* violence and the everyday
* performance

My research primarily focuses on the intersection between screen aesthetics, violence, and the everyday. My book, Troubled Everyday (Edinburgh UP 2017) explores this dynamic within contemporary European art cinema, calling for a re-evaluation of dominant theorisation of the New Extremity, and demonstrating the significance of the quotidian in the affective potential of moments of extreme violence. I argue that films like Catherine Breillat's À ma sœur! and Gaspar Noé's Irreversible are unsettling not as a result of their moments of unexpected and graphic violence, but because their aesthetic patterning blocks us from tethering these acts of violence to secure and stable meaning by framing them as interruptions unassimilated into the fabric of the otherwise banal and ordinary. Moreover, I suggest that the screen aesthetics employed in these notoriously disturbing films reflect a contemporary experience of the everyday outside of the cinema in an age of terrorism; one that traditional and social media suggest is fraught with a pervasive sense of vulnerability to the threat of irrational and violent disruption. My forthcoming chapter on the home video recordings of the Heaven's Gate cult right before their mass suicide, continues to extend my investigation into violence and the everday beyond the realm of fiction filmmaking. This chapter considers the imminent violence and rupture latent in the very banal recordings of what is essentially friends at home. 


I have also published on the performance style of French actor, Isabelle Huppert. 
I am presently writing a monograph on Andrzej Żuławski's Possession (1981) to be published by Liverpool University Press.

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Research Output

Tangled Worlds – The Natural and Fantastic in Peter Strickland’s Katalin Varga and Berberian Sound Studio

Taylor, A., 10 Jul 2019, In : Senses of Cinema. 91

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher

    Taylor, A., Jan 2018, Close-Up : Great Cinematic Performances Volume 2: International. Pomerance, M. & Stevens, K. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 217-227 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

  • Pursuits of transcendence: The 'tragedy of remarriage' in extreme cinema

    Taylor, A., May 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentationResearch

    The avoidance of love: The Piano Teacher (2001) as anti-melodrama

    Taylor, A., Feb 2017, In : Senses of Cinema. 82

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Troubled everyday: The aesthetics of violence and the everyday in European art cinema

    Taylor, A., 2017, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 137 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    Citation in Bibliography for French and francophone cinema 2016-2017

    Alison Taylor (Researcher)
    23 Feb 2018

    Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesCitation

    Stan Brakhage's The Pittsburgh Documents

    Alison Taylor (Speaker)

    14 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk