Dr Benedict Morrison

Research interests

Research interests include:

  • Inarticulate film form
  • Ealing Studios
  • The films of Peter Greenaway
  • British television
  • Queer cinema

I am particularly interested in the relationship between film form and character expression. Both may be seen as articulated structures, that is utterances in which separable parts operate cooperatively to create meaning. I investigate the indeterminate dialectics established by the dynamic relationship between inarticulacies of character and disrupted forms which display their own many-jointed structure. Examples of such formal disjuncture may include contrapuntal narrative levels, clashing styles, discontinuous editing, bricolage, the dislocation of genre signifiers from conventional meanings, and intermedia. The unresolved relationship between parts and whole (reminiscent of a complex mosaic structure) complicates the process of reading for univocal meaning. I am in the process of submitting a monograph for publication. The research was conducted as part of my DPhil studies at Oxford University, funded by the AHRC.

I am also interested in theories of queer form in cinema, a discussion which opens up ways of talking about this area of film which do not rely on ideas of representation.