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Dr Felicity Gee

Senior Lecturer


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Felicity Gee is Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema. She has published on surrealists Leonora Carrington, Claude Cahun and Luis Buñuel, avant-garde film, Japanese cinema,, and affect. She is the author of Magic Realism, World Cinema and the Avant-Garde (Routledge 2021), which examines the critical inception of magic realism in painting, photography and literature, and its practical application in film. Her research involves modernism, surrealism, critical women's writing, and film-philosophy. She is currently researching a project on surrealist poet Valentine Penrose, and modernist women's travel. 

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 currently Programme Leader for Film Studies. 


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 collaoborative and intermedial work that sets film very much within the fields of art history and literature. She is currently conducting research on the surrealist artist and writer Valentine Penrose, and on female filmmakers and activism.

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. 

Her monograph Magic Realism, World Cinema and the Avant-Garde will be published by Routledge in 2021., A substantial chapter is based on research connecting Alejo Carpentier and film, which was made possible by a 2016-2017 British Academy grant that allowed her to access the Alejo Carpentier archives in Havana, Cuba. 

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 Landsca
  • Critical women's writing, autotheory, and activism.
  • Japanese Modernism
  • Fredric Jameson
  • Cinematic Magic Realism
  • Ethnographic Documenary

‚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 appeared on Sky Arts culture programme Umtued in December, 2020. She was interviewed on the art historical beginnings of magic realism for a special programme on the mode of magic realism. 


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 Momoyama Daigaku and Osaka Keisai Daigaku. 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.