Dr Melissa Oliver-Powell
I have joined Exeter as a Lecturer in Film for 2018-19 after receiving my PhD in Film Studies from UCL in early 2018, where I taught on film, gender studies, comparative literature and academic writing. My doctoral research looked at the representation of motherhood in English and French cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, covering the French and British new waves, social realism and avant-garde film. My research directions are strongly influenced by feminist and queer critical theories, and I am particularly interested in cinema's interaction with gender-related social issues, feminist politics and reproductive rights. My current research retains a focus on representations of motherhood and family in film, but has developed to focus on collective filmmaking and LGBTQ+ parenting in anglophone cinema.