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Dr Dennis Hanlon

Lecturer in Film Studies

I am a specialist in Latin American, South Asian, and European (especially German) cinemas, and my research explores the transnational articulations among them.  For the period of the 1960s-1980s, my work is most concerned with politically-committed film movements; with contemporary cinema, I am most interested in the transnational circulation and mutation of genre films, especially those, like gangster films, that lend themselves to political readings.

I am presently co-authoring a monograph on Indian director Manmohan Desai that explores authorship in popular Hindi cinema.  Other current projects include a book chapter revealing the influence of New Latin American Cinema on Bengali Third Cinema filmmaker Mrinal Sen and an article on the Chile films of the East German documentarians Walter Heynowski and Gerhard Scheumann.  Future projects include a reception study of Latin American revolutionary cinema in the two Cold War Germanys and a study of contemporary international gangster films that will use World-Systems Theory to map transnational flows of films and film styles.  Other areas of interest include Marxist aesthetics and film, ethnographic film, indigenous video, experimental film, and landscape and film.

I received my PhD in Film Studies in 2009 from the University of Iowa, which honoured my dissertation, written under the direction of Prof. Kathleen Newman, with the Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2011.

I am currently co-director, with Dr Joshua Yumibe, of the department’s post-graduate research program.


Hanlon, DJ 2014, 'Making Waves: Anand Patwardhan, Latin America, and the Invention of Indian Third Cinema' Wide Screen, vol 5, no. 1.
Hanlon, DJ 2013, 'Detachable transnational film style and the global-local dialectic in Mani Ratnam’s Indian adaptations of 'Amores perros'' Transnational Cinemas, vol 4, no. 1, pp. 109-127. DOI: 10.1386/trac.4.1.109_1
Hanlon, DJ 2013, '“From Taking to Making Images of Indigeneity: Reading the Films of the Ukamau Group Ethnographically"' Bolivian Research Review, vol 9, no. 2.
Hanlon, DJ 2013, 'Crossing the Wall: The Western Feature Film Export in East Germany: Stott, Rosemary, Author' Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2013.820912
Hanlon, DJ 2012, 'Theorizing World Cinema: Nagib, Lúcia, Chris Perriam and Rajinder Dudrah, eds. ' Transnational Cinemas, vol 3, no. 2.
Hanlon, DJ 2012, 'Die Windrose' DEFA Film Library Newsletter.
Hanlon, DJ 2012, 'The All-Encompassing Sequence Shot' Jump Cut, no. 54.
Hanlon, DJ 2012, '"The Discourse Surrounding the Image: The Realism/Formalism Debate in Classical Film Theory"' Padeppetti, no. 8, pp. 27-36.
Hanlon, DJ 2011, “Film Scene Review Gunman in the Streets.”. in Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination, Paris. Wallflower Press.
Hanlon, DJ 2011, 'Reframing Bollywood: Theories of Popular Hindi Cinema: Gehlawat, Ajay, author' Transnational Cinemas, vol 2, no. 2.
Hanlon, DJ 2010, Traveling Theory, Shots, and Players: Jorge Sanjinés, New Latin American Cinema, and the European Art Film. in R Galt & K Schoonover (eds), Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. Oxford University Press, pp. 351-366.
Hanlon, DJ 2009, 'The Roar of The Crowd: Urban Noise and Anti-Noise in Silent Cinema' Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, vol 42, no. 2, pp. 73-88.
Hanlon, DJ 2009, 'Does Anyone Have the Right to Say, "I Don’t Care"?: Resistance and Reverence at Schindler’s List' Film & History, vol 39, no. 1, pp. 53-65. DOI: 10.1353/flm.0.0065

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