Staff Profile:Dr Simone Knox
- Dr Simone Knox
- Job Title:
- Director of Teaching & Learning (Film, Theatre & Television)
- Module convenor of Popular Television Genres, Screen Relations
- Areas of Interest:
My main research interests lie in the analysis of television and film, especially:
- aesthetics and medium specificity, particularly the relationships between film and television, and convergence culture; as well as acting and performance;
- the transnationalisation of film and television, especially the relationships between British and US television, and audio-visual translation (dubbing and subtitling);
- representations of the body and issues of identity, particularly representations of minority identity in television drama;
- the lived experience of screen culture, especially through the use of practitioner interviews.
What Actors Do
'What Actors Do' is a co-authored blog strand for CSTOnline by Gary Cassidy and Dr Simone Knox that intends to contribute to the burgeoning field of writing about acting and performance in television. It looks at specific moments of performance that are interesting and noteworthy, and via close textual analysis begins to unpick their meaning. The strand's title deliberately recalls John Caughie's important question 'What Do Actors Do When They Act?', but not because it thinks there can be such a thing as a comprehensive answer to this. Instead, by combining the scholar and practitioner perspective, it seeks to provide some detailed insights into and critically celebrate what it is that actors actually do when they act.
What Actors Do: Robert Lindsay in G. B. H. (23 January 2015)
What Actors Do: Charles Dance in Game of Thrones (13 March 2015)
What Actors Do: Jennifer Aniston in Friends (8 May 2015)
What Actors Do: Merritt Wever in Nurse Jackie (26 June 2015)
What Actors Do: Benedict Wong in Marco Polo (12 November 2015)
What Actors Do: Adam Driver in Girls (7 January 2016)
What Actors Do: Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock (Part 1) (8 April 2016)
I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on my research interests, as well as my past research on postmodern critical theory. I am currently supervising:
• Anna Varadi. 'Back from the Future: Screening the Cultural Heritage of the 1980s on Contemporary American Television' (first supervisor)
•Delphi May. '"Displacing the Hybrid?": the representation of 'Chineseness' and Chinese immigrants in Spanish audio-visual media' (second supervisor)
•Shweta Ghosh. 'Creative Opportunities: Filmmakers with Disabilities and Film Expression in Contemporary Urban India' (co-supervisor)
•Hsin Hsieh. 'Peter Shaffer" from Stage to Screen' (co-supervisor)
•Tamara Courage. 'Contemporary Chinese Independent Cinema: Urban Spaces, Mobility, Memory' (second supervisor)
I have supervised to successful completion:
•Tonia Kazakopoulou. 'Olga Malea's films' (second supervisor)
• Jamila Baluch. 'Representations of race in contemporary US television drama' (second supervisor)
• Trevor Rawlins. 'Actor training for television' (co-supervisor)
•Michael Fitzgerald. 'Representations of Native Americans in US television drama' (second supervisor)
• Tim Vermeulen. 'The suburb in contemporary film and television' (first supervisor)
- Research groups / Centres:
- Centre for Television Drama Studies
YNumber of items: 13.
- Knox, S. (2017) Exploring the casting of British and Irish actors in contemporary US film and television. In: Cantrell, T. and Hogg, C. (eds.) Exploring television acting. Bloomsbury, London. (In Press)
- Knox, S. and Cassidy, G. (2017) Game of Thrones: investigating British acting. In: Hills, M., Hilmes, M. and Pearson, R. (eds.) Contemporary Transatlantic Television Drama: Industries, Programs and Fans. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (In Press)
- Knox, S. and Derhy Kurtz, B. W. L. (2017) Texture, realism, performance: exploring the intersection of transtexts and the contemporary sitcom. In: Derhy Kurtz, B. W. L. and Bourdaa, M. (eds.) The Rise of Transtexts: Challenges and Opportunities. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies. Routledge, pp. 49-67. ISBN 9781138944671
- Knox, S. (2013) Eye candy for the blind: re-introducing Lyotard's Acinema into discourses on excess, motion and spectacle in contemporary Hollywood. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 11 (3). pp. 374-389. ISSN 1740-7923 doi: 10.1080/17400309.2013.803906
- Knox, S. (2013) Reflection iii: Transnationalisation, Television Formats and the Universal. Critical Studies in Television, 8 (2). pp. 104-106. ISSN 1749-6020
- Knox, S. (2013) The transatlantic dimensions of the time lord: Doctor Who and the relationships between British and North American television. In: O'Day, A. (ed.) Doctor Who: the eleventh hour: a critical celebration of the Matt Smith and Steven Moffat era. I. B. Tauris, London, pp. 106-120. ISBN 9781780760186
- Knox, S. (2012) Masterpiece Theatre and British drama imports on US television: discourses of tension. Critical Studies in Television, 7 (1). pp. 29-48. ISSN 1749-6020 doi: 10.7227/CST.7.1.5
- Knox, S. and Adamou, C. (2011) Transforming television drama through dubbing and subtitling: sex and the cities. Critical Studies in Television, 6 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1749-6020
- Knox, S. and Adamou, C. (2010) Live and kicking: a meta-critical discourse on television and television studies. Science Fiction Film and Television, 3 (2). pp. 271-286. ISSN 1754-3770 doi: 10.3828/sfftv.2010.18
- Knox, S. (2010) Reading 'The Truman Show' inside out. Film Criticism, XXXV (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0163-5069
- Knox, S. (2008) "Muito boa qualidade, de facto": Shooting the Past e o caso das séries dramáticas de qualidade da televisão britânica na era da televisão de qualidade americana. ["Rather good quality, in fact": Shooting the Past and the case of British Quality Television Drama in the age of AQTV]. In: Discursos e Práticas de Qualidade Na Televisão. Livros Horizonte, Lisboa, pp. 271-286.
- Knox, S. (2007) Five's finest: the import of 'CSI' to British television. In: Allen, M. (ed.) Reading 'CSI': Crime TV Under the Microscope. I B Tauris, London, pp. 183-197.
- Knox, S. (2006) Reading the ungraspable double-codedness of: the Simpsons. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 34 (2). pp. 73-81. ISSN 1930-6458 doi: 10.3200/JPFT.34.2.73-81
- Introduction to Television
- Making Meaning
- Practical 2: Film/TV
- Popular Television Genres
- Practical Project: Film/TV
- Weather Case Studies and Forecasting (with Department of Meteorology)
- Screen Relations
- Dissertation/Advanced Practical Project supervision
- ECREA editor for Critical Studies in Television.
Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Television Studies Sub-Section
Member of the Media Across Borders research network, http://mediaacrossborders.com/
- Member of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)
Member of the European Television History Network
Member of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, Germany
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Associate Member of CFAC - Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures
- Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning Support, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Reading, 2009.
- School Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning, University of Reading, 2007.