Dan Yacavone



Ph.D. University of Edinburgh (Film Studies) 

M.A. University of York (Philosophy)

B.A. Connecticut College (Amherst College, 1 year)

Dr. Daniel Yacavone is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Film Studies within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, where he has been Director of the Film Studies Programme and previously held a British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. 

His teaching and research interests include film theory; history of film theory and criticism; film aesthetics; European and North American cinema; philosophy of film; intersections between film theory and the philosophy of art (continental and analytic); reflexivity; film and other arts (particulalry painting); science fiction in European cinema; genre hybridity and revision. 

He is the author of Film Worlds: A Philopshical Aesthetics of Cinema (Columbia Univeristy Press, 2015). Shortlisted for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Monograph award. To date reviewed in: The Los Angeles Review of Books; New Review of Film and Television Studies; The British Journal of Aesthetics; Critique: revue générale des publications françaises et étrangères; Senses of Cinema; Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish daily newspaper); Cinemas: Revue d'Études Cinematographiques; Film-Philosophy (w. response); Contemporary Aesthetics (publication of interest).   

He is currently writing a monograph on the concept and practice of self-reflexivity in modern and contemporary cinema. 

He welcomes Ph.D. research proposals on all his specified areas of interest.

Dr. Yacavone is a member of the faculty committee of Edinburgh University Press and the outer review board of the Irish Research Council. He has been a peer reviewer for Columbia University Press; Edinburgh University Press; Routledge; Palgrave-Macmillan; New Review of Film and Television Studies; Canadian Journal of Film Studies; New Liteary History;  Studies in European Cinema; The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; Film and Philosophy; Third Text; among other presses and journals.



Undergraduate teaching

  • Introduction to European cinema (2nd year)
  • French 1B (Introduction to Film Analysis) (1st year)
  • Film Criticism and Analysis (4th year)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Film Theory and criticism 1 & 2 (Core course, MSc [MA] in Film Studies)
  • Film and other Arts (‘Impure Cinema’) (MSc [MA] in Film Studies)
  • Film Adaptation (MSc [MA] in Film Studies)
  • Cinema Auteurs (MSc [MA] in Film Studies)
  • Film-Philosophy (MSc [MA] in Film Studies)
  • Cinema: Time, Space, Memory (MSc [MA] in Film Studies)
  • French Cinema (MSc [MA] in Film Studies)
  • British Cinema (MSc [MA] in Film Studies)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

  • Classical, modern and contemporary film theory
  • History of film theory and criticism
  • Philosophy and film
  • Cinema and aesthetics/philosophy of art (continental and analytic)
  • Modern and contemporary European and North American cinema (inlcuding the work of Lynch, Rivette, Roeg, Welles, Resnais, Kubrick, von Trier, Greenaway, Kieslowski, and Godard, among other filmmakers)
  • Reflexivity in film and art
  • Cinema and painting
  • Science-fiction and European ‘art’ cinema
  • Intermediality 

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