Professor Sally Faulkner

Research interests

My approach to the study of cinema combines close attention to film form, careful consideration of production contexts, and precise deployment of critical theory. My work has challenged previous approaches, like the once moribund field of adaptation studies in Spanish cinema, as in my first monograph Literary Adaptations in Spanish Cinema (Tamesis 2004), or ossified readings of celebrated auteurs, as in my second book, A Cinema of Contradiction: Spanish Film in the 1960s (Edinburgh University Press 2006). It has interrogated the canon - Galdós, Buñuel, ‘New Spanish Cinema’ - as well as charting new terrain - silent film, TV serials, overlooked Transition films. My third monograph, A History of Spanish Film: Cinema and Society 1910-2010 (Bloomsbury Academic  2013), which was published in Spanish translation in 2017(IberoAmericana-Vervuert), exemplifies this approach: a major study of 100 years of cinema, it ranges from forgotten films to favourites, stresses the issue of social mobility that has too often been eclipsed by political concerns, and establishes the previously overlooked middlebrow as an approach that draws together textual analysis and contextual consideration of class. My edited volume Middlebrow Cinema (Routledge 2016) grows from this work, testing the purchase of the term across national and transnational cinemas beyond Spain, from the 1930s to the present. I am also currently developing my long-standing interests in cinephilia, memory studies and literary adaptations in my new research in Portuguese film.