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Dr Zoë Shacklock

My research explores the aesthetics and affects of contemporary narrative television, with a focus on questions of medium-specificity, the body and embodied spectatorship, gender and sexuality, and structures of empathy. I am particularly interested in questioning the evaluative frameworks that underpin the legitimation of cultural texts and media forms, and in the relationship between media and structures of subjectivity. My work combines close textual analysis with studies of paratextual extensions, distribution networks, and digital interfaces, along with queer and feminist critical theory.

I am currently completing a monograph that explores the centrality of the body within contemporary ‘quality television’. This research uses the framework of kinaesthesia to suggest that bodily spectacle within these prestige programmes remains grounded within quintessentially televisual features, such as intimacy, community, empathy, and the structures of serial narration.

I am also beginning work on a new project that traces a ‘botanical imaginary’ across science fiction screen media, or, more simply, the prevalence (and relevance) of ‘plants in space’ narratives in the post-Anthropocene.

I completed my PhD at the University of Warwick in 2017, and have a background in both film and cultural studies and in the biological sciences. Before coming to St Andrews, I taught film and television studies at the University of Warwick and cultural studies at Birmingham City University.


Journal Articles

‘On (Not) Watching Outlander in the United Kingdom’, Visual Culture in Britain, 17:3 (2016).

‘Two of a Kind: Revaluing the Work of Acting Doubles in Orphan Black’, Journal of Film and Video, 69:3-4 (2016), 69-82.

‘The Affective Sublime in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life’, New Review of Film and Television Studies, 12:4 (2014): 339-56 (co-authored with Sarah French).

Book Chapters

‘A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives Before He Dies: Transmedia Textuality and the Flows of Adaptation’, in Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, edited by Susan Johnston and Jes Battis (Jefferson: McFarland, 2015).


Review of Shannon Wells-Lassagne, Television and Serial Adaptation and Trisha Dunleavy, Complex Serial Drama and Multiplatform Television, Critical Studies in Television, forthcoming.

Online Publications

‘Kathryn Alexandre and the Performance of the Body’, In Media Res, 14 April 2015.

Selected Papers


‘Kinaesthetic Empathy and Contemporary Television’, Centre for Film Studies Speaker Series, University of St Andrews, 17 October 2018.


 You are No Longer Just You: The Promise of Kinaesthetic Empathy in Sense8 and Hannibal, State of Play: Television Scholarship in ‘TVIV’, Edge Hill University, 5-7 September 2018.

‘Embodied Spectatorship and the Game of Thrones Reaction Video’, Game of Thrones International Conference, University of Hertfordshire, 6-7 September 2017.

‘Television’s Queer Posthumanism’, NECS: Sensibility and the Senses, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 29 June–1 July 2017.

‘Riding in Cars with Girls: Kinaesthetic Empowerment in Female- Oriented Television’, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 23-25 June 2017.

‘Do It For The Vine: The Pleasures and Politics of the Looping Video’, Affect and Social Media Conference, University of East London, 25 May 2017.

‘Material Memory and Embodied Experience in Screen Tourism’, Locating Imagination: Popular Culture, Tourism, and Belonging, Erasmus University, 5-7 April 2017.

‘Queer Kinaesthesia in Serial Television’, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 24-26 June 2016.

‘It’s a Revolutionary Act to Walk Down the Street’: Kinaesthetic Transformations in Amazon’s Transparent’,

Bodies in Transformation, University of Hertfordshire, 20 May 2016.

‘On (Not) Watching Outlander in the United Kingdom: Exiled Audiences and Forced Transnationalism’,

BAFTSS Conference, University of Reading, 14-16 April 2016.

‘The Invisible Labour of Television’s Acting Doubles’, Acting on Television Symposium, University of Reading, 8 April 2016.

‘Community as Serial Narrative in the Television Reaction Video’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 6-8 January 2016.

‘Kinaesthetic Empathy and the Creaturely Gaze in NBC’s Hannibal’, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 26-28 June 2015.

‘A Story About You: Racial Representation and the Welcome to Night Vale Fandom’, Fan Studies Network Conference, Regent’s University London, 27-28 September 2014.


FM1001: Key Concepts in Film Studies (Co-ordinator)

FM4106: War and Cinema (Lecturer)

FM5001: Theory and Practice of Research in Film Studies (Lecturer)

FM2002: Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment (Lecturer)

FM4107: Cinema and Nation (Co-ordinator)

FM5103: Film Technologies and Aesthetics (Lecturer)