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Dr Malcolm Cook 

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Dr Malcolm Cook is Lecturer in Film at the University of Southampton.

I was appointed Lecturer in Film at the University of Southampton in 2015. I have previously taught at Middlesex University, Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), and Birkbeck (University of London).

I have a PhD from Birkbeck for my thesis titled ‘Animating perception: British cartoons from music hall to cinema, 1880 - 1928’. I also hold an MA in History of Film and Visual Media from Birkbeck, and a BA in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick.

I am the author of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and I have co-authored (with Max Sexton) a book titled Adapting Science Fiction to Television: Small Screen, Expanded Universe (2015).  This book explores the way the adaptation to television of a range of science fiction sources, including literature, cinema, radio, and comics, has been used to explore and define the medium specificity of television. (Full details of my publications can be found on a separate tab).





Research interests

My primary research interests lie in the moving image's intermedial relationships, the many and varied ways in which it has been influenced by and interacted with other art forms, and the implications these have for definitions of cinema, both historically and in contemporary practices. Animation, early cinema, and film music/sound, individually and in combination, have all provided areas of research that are particularly well suited to this rich topic and are the basis of my existing publications.  My PhD research examined early British animated cartoons prior to the advent of sound cinema, with a particular focus on the relationship between the moving image and the graphic arts and other pre-cinematic entertainments, as well as the neurological processes involved in the perception of these forms. While always rooted in film studies, the intermedial focus of my research has necessarily required openness to interdisciplinary methods, drawing on art history, theatre and performance studies, literary and adaptation studies, and contemporary work in the neurosciences.




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Dr Malcolm Cook
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number:65/1063

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