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:
My 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:
Rights and Representation Faculty Research Theme: (http://www.reading.ac.uk/minorities/).
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).
YNumber of items: 8.
- Purse, L. (2013) Digital imaging in popular cinema. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp208. ISBN 9780748646906
- Purse, L. (2011) The Matrix. In: Geraghty, L. (ed.) Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood. Directory of World Cinema. Intellect Books, Bristol and Chicago, IL, pp. 99-101. ISBN 9781841504155
- Purse, L. (2011) Transformers. In: Geraghty, L. (ed.) American Hollywood. Directory of World Cinema (5). Intellect Books, Bristol and Chicago, IL, pp. 279-281. ISBN 9781841504155
- Purse, L. (2011) Contemporary action cinema. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp232. ISBN 9780748638178
- Purse, L. (2011) Return of the 'Angry Woman': authenticating female physical action in contemporary cinema. In: Waters, M. (ed.) Women on Screen: Feminism and Femininity in Visual Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 185-198. ISBN 9780230229655
- Purse, L. (2010) Working through the body: textual-corporeal strategies in United 93 (2006). In: Brown, T. and Walters, J. (eds.) Film moments: criticism, history, theory. British Film Institute and Palgrave, London, UK, pp. 157-161. ISBN 9781844573363
- Purse, L. (2009) Gestures and postures of mastery: CGI and contemporary action cinema's expressive tendencies. In: Balcerzak, S. and Sperb, J. (eds.) Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, Pleasure and Digital Culture. Wallflower Press, London & New York, pp. 214-234. ISBN 9781905674848
- Purse, L. (2005) The new spatial dynamics of the bullet-time effect. In: King, G. (ed.) The Spectacle of the Real: From Hollywood to Reality TV and Beyond. Intellect, Exeter, pp. 151-160. ISBN 9781841501208
- 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