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  • Bond University, Office of the Core Curriculum

    4229 Gold Coast


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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

"A ghost mob": Interview with Sandra Wollner

Taylor, A., 18 Oct 2020, In : Senses of Cinema. 96

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessionalpeer-review

Open Access

Boundary-pushing films are more than their clickbait headlines

Taylor, A., 12 Aug 2020, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceProfessional

Open Access
  • Extreme Horror Essentials Pt 7: Irreversible

    Taylor, A. & Smith, Z. R., Sep 2020

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsProfessional

    Open Access
  • Possession (1981)

    Taylor, A. & Baska, A., 12 Oct 2020

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsProfessional

    Open Access
  • 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
  • Activities

    • 1 Committees, Boards and Panelists
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    • 1 Invited talk

    Citation in Bibliography for French and francophone cinema 2016-2017

    Alison Taylor (Researcher)

    23 Feb 2018

    Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesCitation

    Film Matters Magazine (External organisation)

    Alison Taylor (Board Member)


    Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists

    Stan Brakhage's The Pittsburgh Documents

    Alison Taylor (Speaker)

    14 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk