Dr Jennifer O’Meara
My research and teaching interests include film dialogue, sound and music; American independent cinema; fandom; digital media; contemporary authorship; performance and stardom; and women in cinema. I hold a PhD in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to teaching at St Andrews, I taught at Maynooth University, the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Trinity College Dublin. I’m in the process of completing a book entitled Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in Contemporary American Independent Cinema, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2017.
My teaching and research is increasingly concerned with the intersections between film and digital media, as well as between theory and creative practice—including audiovisual essays and film festivals as teaching sites. I have taught and supervised research on the theory and practice of videographic film studies, as well as giving guest workshops on the subject. Since 2015, I’ve served as a co-organiser and programmer for the Feminist Film Festival Dublin.
I’m currently working on a second book project on Screening Women’s Voices, which will examine the representation and reception of female voices in contemporary film and media. I’m also editing a volume of The Soundtrack on sound and music in emerging media, to be published in 2017. Further details on my work can be found through my website.
At St Andrews, I look forward to working with students in the Department of Film Studies to create a dossier of peer-reviewed essays for Film Matters, an international journal for undergraduate film studies research. I’m also the Sub-Honours Advisor and the Careers Officer.
‘What “The Bechdel Test” Doesn’t Tell Us: Examining Women’s Verbal and Vocal (Dis)Empowerment in Cinema’, in Feminist Media Studies (16.6), Commentary and Criticism on Feminism and Sound, 2016 (forthcoming).
‘Parker Posey as Hal Hartley’s ‘‘Captive Actress’’’ in Steven Rybin, ed. The Cinema of Hal Hartley: Flirting with Formalism (Directors’ Cuts Series), Wallflower, Columbia University Press, 2016.
‘Reimagined Film Posters as Participatory Digital Paratexts’, The Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practice, Vol. 9, No. 2 [Electronic], 2016.
‘‘‘Like Movies for Radio’’: Media Convergence and the Serial Podcast Sensation’, Frames Cinema Journal [Electronic], special issue on ‘Going Viral: The Changing Faces of (Inter)Media Culture’. Issue 8, 2015.
‘Character as DJ: Melomania and Diegetically Controlled Music’, The New Soundtrack, 5.2, 2015 133-151.
‘‘‘We’ve Got to Work on Your Accent and Vocabulary’’– Characterization through Verbal Style in Clueless’, in ‘IN FOCUS: Clueless’, Cinema Journal, 53.3, Spring 2014: 138-145.
‘A Shared Approach to Familial Dysfunction and Sound Design: Wes Anderson’s Influence on the Films of Noah Baumbach’, in Peter C. Kunze, ed. The Films of Wes Anderson: Critical Essays on an Indiewood Icon. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014: 109-124.
‘Cate Blanchett’s Deconstruction of Performance through Performance’, The Cine-Files: A Scholarly Journal of Cinema Studies [Electronic], Issue 6, Spring, 2014.
‘Inside the Outsider’s Ear – Hyperacousia and Marginalized Character Identification’. The Soundtrack, 5.2, 2014: 121-129.
‘Poetic Dialogue – Lyrical Speech in the Work of Hal Hartley and Jim Jarmusch’, in Marlisa Santos, ed. Verse, Voice, and Vision: Poetry and the Cinema. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013: 165-178.
NEW MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS:
Coordinator of, and contributor to, In Media Res theme week on ‘Fan-made Film Posters’. My post: ‘Establishing a Saul Bass-line for Fan-made Film Posters’, April 2016.
Beyoncé’s Lemonade and the Transmedia Swirl, Critical Studies in Television Blog, May 20, 2016.
‘(Re)acting to Digital Technology in The Comeback and Web Therapy’, Critical Studies in Television Blog, February 18, 2016.
‘Disaffected does not equal depressed: a response to Lena Dunham’s Daria diagnosis’, Critical Studies in Television Blog, November 6, 2015.
Interviewee, Film Ireland podcast on women in the Irish film industry, October 28, 2015.
‘Quoting Characters: Subtitled Images and Identification’, Cinema Journal presents In Focus: Clueless, In Media Res, May 27, 2014.
‘Hyperacousia: haunting her with sound’, Audiovisualcy – An Online Forum for Videographic Film Studies, June 2014.