Dan Yacavone

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies (currently on research leave)


Ph.D. University of Edinburgh (Film Studies); M.A. University of York (Philosophy); B.A. Connecticut College/Amherst College

Dr. Daniel Yacavone is Senior Lecturer (Associate 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. In 2020-21 he will be a Fellow-in-residence at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Amsterdam, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Film Studies at the Free University Berlin.

His teaching and research interests encompass film theory (inlcuding cognitive, semiotic, Deleuzian, and phenomenological approaches); film aesthetics; European and North American cinema; the philosophy of film; intermediality; reflexivity; aesthetics and the philosophy of art (continental and analytic); film and other arts (particulalry painting); genre hybridity and revision; science fiction. 

He is the author of Film Worlds: A Philopshical Aesthetics of Cinema (Columbia University 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).   

Dr. Yacavone has published in The New Review of Film and Television Studies; New Literary History (NLH); Film-Philosophy; Studies in French Cinema; and MSMI (Music, Sound and the Moving Image), among other journals.

He is currently writing a book - Reflexive Cinema: Rethinking Self-Awareness, Affect and Intermediality in the Moving Image - under contract with Oxford Univeristy Press, which reassesses the concept and practice of reflexivity in light of contemporary film and media theory.

Dr. Yacavone is a member of the faculty committee of Edinburgh University Press and the outer review board of the Irish Research Council. 

Undergraduate teaching

  • Introduction to European cinema (2nd year)
  • Film Criticism and Analysis (4th year)
  • French 1B (Introduction to Film Analysis) (1st year)
  • Film Theory (LLC Summer School) (2nd 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)
  • Research Skills and Methods 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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