Staff Profile:Dr Lisa Purse

Dr Lisa Purse
Job Title:
Associate Professor
  • Director of Teaching and Learning, Department of Film, Theatre & Television
  • Rights and Representation Faculty Research Theme Leader
  • Module convenor of Part 1 Critical Practice, Part 2 Practical Option, Part 3 Independent Project, and Popular Film Genres
Areas of Interest:

Lisa Purse ImageMy research is broadly concerned with the relationships between aesthetics and the politics of representation in cinema. I am particularly interested in constructions of the body and physicality in post-studio mainstream cinema. A second strand of my research explores popular cinema's interactions with the digital, including the emergence of Digital 3-D. My monograph Contemporary Action Cinema explored issues of style, representation, and politics in action cinema of the last decade. My second monograph Digital Imaging in Popular Cinema investigates the challenges that digital elements of the film frame pose for interpretation. I am currently researching projects on Digital 3-D cinema, the figure of the insurgent in popular cinema, and the politics of sound in the action film.

Research groups / Centres:

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Postgraduate Supervision:

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on any aspect of my research interests, including proposals with a practical component. I am currently supervising theses on the long take (co-supervisor, research by practice) and on representations of Christianity in contemporary film and television (co-supervisor).

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  • Introduction to Film and Theatre
  • Critical Practice in Film & Theatre
  • Practical Option
  • Popular Film Genres
  • US Cinema 2
  • Research Methods (MA by Research)
  • Dissertation/Independent project supervision (BA and MA)


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British Film Institute
  • Member of Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Member of Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association
  • Member of the Executive Committee of CFAC - Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures
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Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 4074

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