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Dr Jennifer O’Meara

Associate Lecturer

My research and teaching interests include film dialogue, voices, 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 joining St Andrews in 2016, I taught at Maynooth University, the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Trinity College Dublin. My monograph Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

I am currently working on a book on women’s voices in contemporary film, television and digital media. In February 2018 I received a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant to travel to the Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles to conduct research on ‘Shaping Women’s Screen Voices’. The archival project will explore the relationship between gender, vocal performance and film production practices by identifying historical trends in the way the voices of female performers have been shaped before, and during, a film’s shooting.

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 Dublin Feminist Film Festival. Further details on my work can be found through my website.

At St Andrews, I recently co-edited – with Honours student Adrienne Pohl – a dossier of peer-reviewed essays for Film Matters, an international journal for undergraduate film studies research.

For 2017-2018, I am the Examinations Officer in the Department of Film Studies and the Reel Film Society staff liaison.


Monograph: Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema (forthcoming, March 2018)

Guest editorship, volume 9.1-9.2 of The Soundtrack on ‘Sound and Music in Emerging Audiovisual Media’ (2017)

Peer reviewed articles and chapters

'Meme girls vs. Trump: digitally recycled screen dialogue as political discourse,’ The Velvet Light Trap, Issue 82, Fall 2018 (forthcoming).

‘HBO’s Hall of Mirrors: The Comeback as Meta-Commentary on Television and Celebrity Culture’, in Victoria McCollum and Giuliana Monteverde, eds. HBO’s New and Original Voices: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Power, Routledge (forthcoming, May 2018).

‘Contemporary film comedy and the neurotic male type’, in Silvia Dibeltulo and Ciara Barrett, eds. Genres in Transition: Rethinking Genre in Contemporary Global Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming, Autumn 2017).

‘The Actor-Writer as Author in the Before Sunrise Trilogy’, Mediascape: UCLA's Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, special edition on The Question of Authorship in Cinema and Media, summer 2017.

‘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: 144-158, 2016.

‘What “The Bechdel Test” Doesn’t Tell Us: Examining Women’s Verbal and Vocal (Dis)Empowerment”, Feminist Media Studies, Commentary and Criticism section on ‘Feminism and Sound’, Vol 16, Issue 6 (2016): 120-123.

‘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, 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: 133-151, 2015.

‘‘‘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: 138-145, 2014.

‘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: 109-124, 2014.

‘Cate Blanchett’s Deconstruction of Performance through Performance’, The Cine-Files: A Scholarly Journal of Cinema Studies, Issue 6, Spring, 2014.

‘Inside the Outsider’s Ear – Hyperacousia and Marginalized Character Identification’. The Soundtrack, 5.2: 121-129, 2014.

‘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: Scarecrow Press: 165-178, 2013.

Digital media
‘Identifying Cult Film Stardom: A How-to Guide for the Digital Era’, in Buzzademia: Scholarship in the Internet Vernacular (eds. Cong-Huyen, Knight and Marino) (forthcoming).

‘Teaching Genre through Netflix’, Critical Studies in Television Online, February 24, 2017.

Coordinator of, and contributor to, In Media Res theme week on ‘Fan-made Film Posters’, April 11-15, 2016. My post: ‘Establishing a Saul Bass-line for Fan-made Film Posters’.

‘(Re)acting to Digital Technology in The Comeback and Web Therapy’, Critical Studies in Television Online, February 18, 2016.

‘Disaffected does not equal depressed: a response to Lena Dunham’s Daria diagnosis’, Critical Studies in Television Online, November 6, 2015.

‘Quoting Characters: Subtitled Images and Identification’, Cinema Journal Presents: In Media Res, May 27, 2014.

‘Hyperacousia: haunting her with sound’, Audiovisualcy – An Online Forum for Videographic Film Studies, 4.5 minute audiovisual essay, June 2014.

Current research

Invited talks / workshops
‘Engaging Dialogue in American Independent Cinema’, Centre for Film Studies, University of St Andrews, February 7, 2017.

‘Vocally Fried to Fetishized: the Politics of the Female Voice in Contemporary Screen Media’, University of Stirling, Communications, Media and Culture Research Seminar Series, November 2, 2016.

‘Fading and Emerging: Japan’s Women Filmmakers’, mini-TED event, University College Dublin, and organized in conjunction with the Japanese Embassy of Ireland, April 2016.

‘An Introduction to Videographic Film Studies’, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway, October 2015.

‘The Video Essay: A Practical and Pedagogical Survey of the Medium’, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway, January 2015.

Selected conference papers
‘Speaking Across Screens: Cyberfeminism and the Digital Recycling of Women’s Voices’, SCMS, Chicago, March 2017.

‘Singer, Narrator, Host: the Woman’s Voice as Guide in Inherent Vice, The Lobster and Serial’, Network for European Cinema Studies Annual Conference: In/between: Cultures of Connectivity. Brandenburg Center for Media Studies, Potsdam, Germany.

‘The Troubled Production of Troubling Images in the Contemporary Music Documentary’, Music and Visual Cultures International Conference. Maynooth University, Ireland.

‘Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy: An Allegorical or Exploitative Take on Korea’s Violent Past?’, Film and History: The Korean Example, An International Conference organised by the Centre of Korean Studies and the Centre for Film Studies, SOAS, University of London, November 2015.

‘Listen Carefully: Straining to Hear as Active Audio-viewing’, Network for European Cinema Studies Annual Conference: ‘Creative Energies >> Creative Industries’, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, June 2014.

‘Character as DJ: The Implications of Diegetically Controlled Music’, British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies Annual Conference, Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image, University of London, April 2014. Paper accompanied by an audiovisual essay: ‘Character as DJ’.

‘Playing with persona, while playing oneself – Cate Blanchett and Tom Waits in Coffee and Cigarettes’, Cinematic Reflections on Stardom and the ‘Stardom Film’, King’s College, London, September 2013.

‘Star Speed; the Fast-Talking Voices of Independent Cinema’, Revisiting Star Studies, Newcastle University, June 2013.

‘Verbal integration of the soundtrack; narrowing the gap between dialogue, music and effects’, Cinesonika 3 – The Third International Conference & Festival of Sound Design, University of Ulster, Derry-Londonderry, February 2013.