Dan Yacavone



Dr. Daniel Yacavone is Lecturer in Film Studies within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, where he has also been Director of the Film Studies Programme.

Following his PhD in film studies at Edinburgh, Dr. Yacavone held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. He has an MA in philosophy from the University of York (UK) and did his undergraduate study at Connecticut College and Amherst College. 

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 'art' cinema; genre hybridity and revision. 

He is the author of Film Worlds: A Philopshical Aesthetics of Cinema (Columbia Univeristy Press, 2015). 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). Shortlisted for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Monograph award.  

He is currently writing a monograph devoted to rethinking the concept and practice of self-reflexivity in modern and contemporary cinema (both celluloid and digital).

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; 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)
  • 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 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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