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Dr Felicity Gee

Senior Lecturer


01392 725517

Felicity Gee is Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema. She has published on avant-garde film, Japanese and Korean cinema and affect theory. She is the author of the forthcoming monograph Magic Realism: Cinema and the Modernist Avant-Garde (Routledge 2019), which examines the critical inception of magic realism in painting, photography and literature, and its practical application in film. Her research loves are modernism, landscape, surrealism, critical women's writing, and film-philosophy. She has taught at both undergraduate and post-graduate level in Japan and the U.K., and currently teaches courses on film theory, film-philsophy, surrealism, critical theory, film history, and East Asian cinema. Felicity is director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research [CIFR] at Exeter. 


Usual office hours - Office 154 Queens Building -  Please email for availability. 



Research interests

Felicity's main research interests are in critical theory, film-philosophy, and the modernist avant-garde. Her current research focuses on the intersections between Surrealism and magic realism in the twentieth century, with particular focus on collaoborative and intermedial work that sets film very much within the fields of art history and literature. 

Felicity also works on the writings of cultural historian Fredric Jameson; on cinematic affect; and also maintains her interest in Japanese cinema, especially pertaining to the 1960s and 1970s. 

She is currently preparing her monograph Magic Realism: Cinema and the Modernist Avant-Garde (Routledge 2019); a substantial chapter of which will be based on research connecting Alejo Carpentier and the Cuban Film Industry, and made possible by a 2016-2017 British Academy grant. 

She has published on Luis Buñuel and Hiroshi Teshigahara (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), on photodynamism and affect in the Japanese avant-garde (The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 2014), as well as chapters on World Cinema. She is currently writing commissioned articles on Claude Cahun; Leonora Carrington; and Vera Chytilova.



Research supervision

 I would be happy to consider supervising research students in the following areas:

  • Modernist and Avant-Garde Film
  • Surrealism
  • Magic(al) Realism
  • Film Philosophy - Phenomenology; Affect Theory; Cinema and Landscape
  • Japanese Modernism
  • Fredric Jameson
  • Cinematic Magic Realism
  • Ethnographic Documentary

‚ÄčPlease do feel free to contact me with any enquires.

Research students

Research Students (Current)

Ryan Gardener  ‘ Mountain Upon Mountain: Confronting Han in Post-1987 South Korean Cinema’ (SWW DTP Funded in collaboration with University of Southampton)

Clara Kraft  'Filmmaking as a Critical Architectural Research Method' ’(Phd by Practice - Exeter-London Film School Doctoral Partnership)

Elisa Cepedel 'Cinema of Resitance: Realist Construction in Euroepean Film' (Phd by Practice - Exeter-London Film School Doctoral Partnership)

Rebecca Shaw 'Contemporary Singaporean and Malaysian Writing' 


External impact and engagement

Felicity runs the Screentalks programme in partnership with Exeter Picturehouse, a programme originally conceived by Dr Helen Hanson. Screentalks unites researchers with audiences in our local 'art house' cinema via a range of carefully curated talks. Screentalks also runs a blog, which invites contributions from the public and from students and staff in the form of film reviews -



Felicity completed a BA (Hons) in English Literature with Associated American Studies and an MA in Film Studies at Southampton University before moving to Osaka, Japan. In Japan she taught film studies, English Literature and creative writing at two universities. While in Japan, she also instigated and ran a city-based film studies programme for adults, with the aim of widening accessibility to independent and art cinemas, and engaging a range of public audiences. 

Upon returning from Japan, Felicity completed a Ph.D in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, funded by the university, which she completed early in 2013. Her thesis was enitled 'The Critical Roots of Cinematic Magic Realism: Franz Roh; Alejo Carpentier; Fredric Jameson'. 

Felicity joined the Film and English Department at Exeter in 2013.