Dr Neil Archer

Title: Lecturer in Film Studies
Phone: 01782 733202
Email: n.archer@keele.ac.uk
Location: Room: CBB1.051
Role: Programme Leader, MA Global Media and Culture
Contacting me: by telephone or email

My educational and teaching background is in Film Studies and Modern European Languages, and my PhD was on the road movie in French Cinema. I previously taught at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge, before coming to Keele as Lecturer in Film Studies in January 2013.

I specialize in late twentieth- and twenty-first century film aesthetics and the history of film industries, with a particular focus on popular European cinemas (especially British cinema), Hollywood cinema, and the relationship between globalization and film. I am especially interested in the practices and aesthetics of parody, the road movie and science fiction.

I am the author of The Road Movie: In Search of Meaning (Wallflower, 2016), The French Road Movie: Space, Mobility, Identity (Berghahn 2013), Hot Fuzz (Auteur, 2015) and The Bourne Ultimatum (Auteur 2012). My forthcoming monograph, Beyond a Joke: Parody in English Film and Television Comedy will be published by I.B. Tauris. 

Publications

Books

Beyond a Joke: Parody in English Film and Television Comedy (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming)

The Road Movie: In Search of Meaning (Wallflower, 2016)

Hot Fuzz (Auteur, 2015)

The French Road Movie: Space, Mobility, Identity (Berghahn, 2013).

 The Bourne Ultimatum (Auteur, 2012).

Adaptation: Studies in French and Francophone Culture, co-edited with Andreea Weisl-Shaw (Peter Lang, 2011).

 Journal Articles

 ‘“The shit just got real”: Parody and National Film Culture in The Strike and Hot Fuzz’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 13.1, 42-60.

 ‘A Novel Experience in Crime Narrative: Watching and Reading The Killing’, Adaptation, 7.2 (2014), 212-227.

‘And then as farce: Globalization and ambivalence in Jo Nesbø and Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters (2011)’, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 11.1 (2013), 55-70.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009-2011), and the New “European Cinema”’, Film Criticism 37.2 (2012-13), 2-21.

‘The City Presented to Itself: Perspective, Performance and the Anxiety of Authenticity in Recent Parisian Films’, Studies in European Cinema 8.1 (2011), 31-42.

‘The Rhetoric of the Transnational: Interpretation and Identity in Géla and Temur Babluani's L'Héritage/Legacy (2006)’, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 8.1 (2010), 3-14.

‘Virtual Poaching and Altered Space: Reading Parkour in French Visual Culture’, Modern and Contemporary France 18.1 (2010), 93-107.

Baise-moi: The Art of Going Too Far’, E-pisteme 2.1 (2009)

‘Sex, the City and the Cinematic: The Possibility of Female Spectatorship in Claire Denis's Vendredi Soir’, French Forum, 33.1-2 (2008), 245-260.

Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, 286 (Gale, 2010).

‘The Road as the (Non-)Place of Masculinity: L'Emploi du temps’, Studies in French Cinema, 8.2 (2008), 137-148.

Chapters in Books

‘Paris je t’aime (plus): Europhobia as European-ness in Pierre Morel and Luc Besson’s “Dystopia Trilogy”’, in The Europeanness of European Cinema: Identity, Meaning and Globalisation, ed. Mary Harrod, Mariana Liz and Alissa Timoshkina (London: I.B. Tauris, 2015), 185-197.

Jamón, Jamón’, ‘10’, ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’, in The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Films, ed. Sarah Barrow, Sabine Haenni and John White (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014).

‘Beyond Anti-Americanism, Beyond Eurocentrism: Locating Bruno Dumont's Twentynine Palms in the Context of European Extremism’, in The New Extremism in Cinema: from France to Europe, ed. Tina Kendall and Tanya Horeck (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), 55-65.

‘Attack of the Clones: Watching Stars Playing Stars in French Biopics’, in Adaptation: Studies in French and Francophone Culture, ed. Neil Archer and Andreea Weisl-Shaw (Peter Lang, 2011), 163-175.

Book Reviews

‘Peter Brunette, Michael Haneke’, in Studies in European Cinema, 10.2-3 (2013).

Conference/seminar papers (recent)

‘Fan du cinéma: Mimesis, Mimicry and The Trip to Italy (2014)’, paper given at 2015 BAFTSS Conference, held at Manchester Metropolitan University, 16-18 April 2015.

‘A Novel Experience in Crime Narrative’: paper given at the conference Adaptation and the Novel, held at Keele University, 9 November 2013.

‘International Style(s) in Recent European Crime Series’: paper given at the symposium Crime Drama in a Post-CSI Mediascape, held at Oxford Brookes University, 14 September 2013.

‘Speeds of Sound: Considering Fast Talk in Slow Movies’, paper given at FAST/SLOW: Intensifications of Cinematic Speed, symposium held at Anglia Ruskin University, 4-5 April 2013.

‘Again, Sam: The Politics of Replication in Moon (2009)’, paper given at the English, Communication, Film and Media Departmental Research Seminar, Anglia Ruskin University, 28 November 2012.

‘Who owns Stieg Larsson? The Curious Case of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) versus The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)’, paper given at Adaptation, Authorship and Ownership, European Cinema Research Forum conference, Edge Hill University, 16 -18 July 2012.

‘Little Big Screens: Poetics of Scale in the Film and Television work of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’, paper given at The Big Screen vs. The Small Screen, conference held at Canterbury Christ Church University, 16 February 2011.

‘Paris je t'aime... plus: Europhobia as European-ness in Pierre Morel's Taken and Julie Delpy's Two Days in Paris’, paper given at The European-ness of European Cinema conference held at King's College London, 4 June 2010.

‘Between transnational cinema and tourist cinema: the question of interpretation in Gela and Temur Babluani's Legacy’, invitational paper given at CRASSH Screen Media Seminar, Cambridge, February 1 2010.

‘Locating Dumont's Twentynine Palms: is this the State we're in?’, paper given at New Extremism: Contemporary European Cinema, conference held at Anglia Ruskin University, 24-25 April 2009.

‘Heart is where the home is: transnational soundtracks to narratives of itinerancy and loss’, paper given at the Screen conference, University of Glasgow, 4-6 July 2008.

‘Star as fan, fan as star: Simon Pegg and participatory culture’, paper given at New Developments in Stardom, conference held at King’s College London, 22 March 2008.

Selected Publications

  • Archer N. 2017. Gone Girl (2012/14) and the Use(s) of Culture. Literature Film Quarterly.
  • Archer N. 2017. Genre on the Road: The Road Movie as Automobilities Research. Mobilities. doi>
  • Archer N. 2016. 'Speeds of Sound: On Fast Talking in Slow Movies'. Cinema Journal, 55.2. doi>
  • Archer N. Fan du Cinéma: Imitation, Europe and The Trip to Italy (2014). Studies in European Cinema, 1-14. doi> link>
  • Archer N. 2014. Paris je t'aime (plus): Europhobia as Europeanness in Pierre Moreal and Luc Besson's "Dystopia Trilogy". In The Europeanness of European Cinema: Identity, Meaning and Globalisation. (15 vols.). I.B.Tauris.

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Archer N. 2012. The French Road Movie: Space, Mobility, Identity. Berghahn.
  • Archer N. Beyond a Joke: Parody in English Film and Television Comedy. I. B. Tauris.
  • Archer N. Studying Hot Fuzz. Auteur.
  • Archer N. The Road Movie In Search of Meaning.

Journal Articles

  • Archer N. 2017. Gone Girl (2012/14) and the Use(s) of Culture. Literature Film Quarterly.
  • Archer N. 2017. Genre on the Road: The Road Movie as Automobilities Research. Mobilities. doi>
  • Archer N. 2016. 'Speeds of Sound: On Fast Talking in Slow Movies'. Cinema Journal, 55.2. doi>
  • Archer N. Fan du Cinéma: Imitation, Europe and The Trip to Italy (2014). Studies in European Cinema, 1-14. doi> link>
  • Archer N. 2014. A novel experience in crime narrative: Watching and reading The Killing. Adaptation, vol. 7(2). doi>
  • Archer N. 2014. A Novel Experience in Crime Narrative: Watching and Reading The Killing. Adaptation. doi>
  • Archer N. 2014. And then as farce: Globilization and ambivalence in Jo Nesbo and Morten Tyldum's Headhunters (2011). New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film. doi>
  • Archer N. 2013. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009/2011) and the New "European Cinema". Film Criticism, vol. 37(2), 1-20.
  • Archer N. 2011. The City Presented to Itself: Perspective, Performance and the Anxiety of Authenticity in Recent Parisian Films. Studies in European Cinema, vol. 8(1).

Chapters

  • Archer N. 2014. Paris je t'aime (plus): Europhobia as Europeanness in Pierre Moreal and Luc Besson's "Dystopia Trilogy". In The Europeanness of European Cinema: Identity, Meaning and Globalisation. (15 vols.). I.B.Tauris.
  • Archer N. 2011. Beyond Anti-Americanism, Beyond Euro-Centrism: Locating Bruno Dumont's Twentynine Palms in the Context of European Cinematic Extremism. In The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe. Horeck T and Kendall T (Eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Reading Film

Film Texts and Contexts II: Contemporary Global Cinema

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

Science Fiction Cinema

Parody in British Film and Television

Supervisory Expertise:

Hollywood cinema

Parody in British film and television

French and Spanish cinema post-1960

The Road Movie

Adaptation theory

Science Fiction