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Professor Richard Dyer

Professorial Fellow in Film Studies

My first degree was in French (with English, German and Philosophy) from St. Andrews and my PhD from the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. I taught for many years at the University of Warwick and am now also teaching at King’s College London.

My work focuses on issues of representation and entertainment and especially the relations between them: how the form that a representation takes has much to do with its entertainment value, how entertainment works through representations. I have focused especially on the very notion of entertainment, tyring to unpack this common sense construct, and on represenatations of gender, ‘race’ and sexuality. More recently I have focused on Italian cinema and on music and film (including most recently the work of Nino Rota and the use of songs in, mainly, American movies). I am now embarking on a study of the serial killer in European cinema and on La dolce vita.

 

Publications

Dyer, RW 2013, ' White Enough '. in Y Tzioumakis & S Lincoln (eds), The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture. Wayne State University Press, pp. 73-85.
Dyer, RW 2013, ' The Pervasiveness of Song in Italian Cinema '. in L Bayman & S Rigoletto (eds), Popular Italian Cinema. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 69-81.
Dyer, RW 2012, In the Space of a Song: The Uses of Song in Film . Routledge, London.
Dyer, RW 2010, ' The Ending of (1963) '. in T Brown & J Walters (eds), Film Moments: Criticism, History, Theory. British Film Institute, pp. 61-64.
Dyer, RW 2010, Nino Rota: Music, Film and Feeling . Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising students working on European cinema (especially its popular forms), music and film and all kinds of representation.  I am also interested in projects investigating the connections between form and values, pleasure and ideology, culture and aesthetics.

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Teaching