Dan Yacavone



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

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.  Prior to his current position he 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; worlds theory; intersections between film theory and the philosophy of art (continental and analytic); reflexivity; intermediality; 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 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).   

He is currently writing a book provisionally entitled Reflexive Cinema: Rethinking Self-Reference, Affect and Intermediality in the Moving Image, devoted to rethinking the concept and practice of reflexivity in cinema and the moving image more broadly. The project will be supported by a Fellowship-in-Residency at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Amsterdam.

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 publishers including Columbia University Press; Amsterdam University Press; Edinburgh University Press; Routledge; Palgrave-Macmillan; and journals including New Review of Film and Television Studies; Canadian Journal of Film Studies; New Literary History;  Studies in European Cinema; Third Text; The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; Film and Philosophy.

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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