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Alison Taylor

Dr

  • Bond University, Office of the Core Curriculum

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

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20122020

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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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