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I received my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto in 1999 and my MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto in 1991.
Prior to joining Laurier in 2005, I was assistant professor in the Department of English at U of T Scarborough (1999-2002), and an assistant professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University (2002-2005).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
The main focus of my research for the past few years has been the representation of memory in narrative cinema. Since publishing a monograph on this topic in 2010, I have moved into adaptation and transmedial studies, combining my interests in both film and literary studies with what I see as the need to defend critical theory’s reputation in the face of current anti-theoretical tendencies from both ends of the ideological spectrum. Therefore I am lately also exploring affect theory, the new materialism (so-called), post-secular cinema, and the fate of the image in a post-cinematic moment as it intersects with – or determines – contemporary notions of subjectivity.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of film theory, memory studies, adaptation, transmediality, the German author W.G. Sebald, and film and literature comparative studies more generally.
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. and Eleanor Ty, ed. The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film (WLU Press, 2013).
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema. (Routledge, 2010).
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. “When I swallow his heart and lungs, Jesus is pleased”: The Transmediation of Sacrifice in The Journals of KnudRasmussen.” Special issue of Angelaki - The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. (In press).
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. “(No) Voice Out of the Whirlwind: The Book of Job and the End of the World in The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, and A Serious Man.” Adaptation 7.1 (2014).
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. “‘The Obligations of Memory’: Godard’s Underworld Journeys.” The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard. Christina Stojanova, Douglas Morrey, ed. (WLU Press, 2014).
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. “Camera Arriving at the Station: Cinematic Memory as Cultural Memory.” Special issue of Societies 3.3 (2013).
“Memory and Film”. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan, ed. (Routledge, 2013).