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Kev Bickerdike

British Horror Cinema and the Production of Space

Discipline/professional area
English

Contact
Kevin.T.Bickerdike@student.shu.ac.uk

Outline of research project

The two vibrant academic fields of horror cinema and spatial theory have not sufficiently intersected, and I believe that space is an overlooked, but key element of horror cinema; space is not merely the site of narrative events, it is itself an antagonistic device. If horror cinema is characterised by tension, then my thesis suggests that there is a tension present when the production – the organisation and meaning - of space is subject to competition, by which I mean that attempts to impose meaning upon space are disrupted by individuals, groups or by space itself.

It is the rejuvenated British horror genre that forms the basis of my interests, and this contemporaneous specificity, alongside increasing concerns about spatial restrictions – the privatisation of public spaces and increased urban gentrification – suggests that now is an opportune moment to analyse horror cinema’s engagement with our spatial fears.

Key References

Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. Blackwell: Oxford, 1991. 

Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. MIT Press: Massachusetts, 1998.

Relph, Edward. Place and Placelessness. Pion Limited: London, 1980. 

Soja, Edward W. Postmodern Geographies. Verso: London, 1989. 

Walker, Johnny. Contemporary British Horror Cinema. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, 2016. 

Woods, Michael. Rural. Abingdon: Routledge, 2011.

Director of studies
Shelley O'Brien

Supervisors
Dr Katharine Cox
Dr James Aston

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