Staff Profile:Dr Lisa Purse
- Dr Lisa Purse
- Job Title:
- Head of Department
Director of Teaching and Learning, Department of Film, Theatre & Television
Member of the Steering Committee for Prosperity and Resilience University Research Theme
Member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures
Rights and Representation Faculty Research Theme Leader
Module convenor of Part 1 and Part 2 critical practice modules, Part 3 Advanced Practical Project, and Part 3 Critical Issues in Film Style
Steering Committee member, Prosperity & Resilience University Research Theme
Principle Investigator on British Academy-funded project 'Disappearing War': Cinema and the Politics of Erasure in the 'War on Terror' (2015-16)
Co-Investigator on AHRC/FAPESP-funded project IntermIdia: Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema (2016-19)
- Areas of Interest:
My research is broadly concerned with the relationships between aesthetics and the politics of representation in cinema.
I am interested in constructions of the body and physicality in post-studio mainstream cinema, and in particular their relationship to zones of geopolitical conflict. A second key 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 investigated the challenges that digital elements of the film frame pose for interpretation. I am currently researching projects on cinema and the epistemology of war, and space and duration in contemporary digital cinema
- Research groups / Centres:
Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (http://www.reading.ac.uk/cfac/).
Rights and Representation Faculty Research Theme: (http://www.reading.ac.uk/minorities/).
Ways of War Centre: https://www.reading.ac.uk/spirs/research/spirs-WaysofWarCentre.aspx]
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 creative modes of production in the filmmaking process (co-supervisor, research by practice), animating the evacuee archive - memory and materiality (co-supervisor, research by practice), Shakespeare and action cinema (co-supervisor), and Shinya Tsukamoto and intermediality in 70s and 80s Japanese cinema (co-supervisor).
YNumber of items: 15.
- Hellmich, C. and Purse, L. (2017) Introduction: film and the epistemology of war. In: Hellmich, C. and Purse, L. (eds.) Disappearing War: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cinema and Erasure in the Post-9/11 World. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781474416566
- Purse, L. (2017) Digital visceral: textural play and the flamboyant gesture in digital screen violence. Journal of Popular Film & Television, 45 (1). pp. 16-25. ISSN 0195-6051 doi: 10.1080/01956051.2017.1270137
- Hellmich, C. and Purse, L. (2016) Knowing war: moving images and the politics of erasure in the post 9/11 world. E-international relations.
- Hellmich, C. and Purse, L., eds. (2016) Disappearing war: interdisciplinary perspectives on cinema and erasure in the post-9/11 world. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474416566 (In Press)
- Purse, L. (2016) Affective trajectories: locating diegetic velocity in the cinema experience. Cinema Journal, 55 (2). pp. 151-157. ISSN 0009-7101 (IN FOCUS: Speed)
- Purse, L. (2015) The new Hollywood, 1981–1999: special/visual effects. In: Whissel, K. and Keil, C. (eds.) Editing and Special/Visual Effects. Behind the Silver Screen Series. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ. ISBN 9780813570815 (In Press)
- Purse, L. (2015) Rotational aesthetics: Michael Bay and contemporary cinema’s machine movement. Senses of Cinema (75). ISSN 1443-4059
- 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
Critical practice modules in all years
Critical Issues in Film Style
MA Film Production
MA Film Aesthetics
MA World Cinemas
Dissertation/advanced practical 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