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Dr Chris O'Rourke
111 Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street
Tel: 0207 679 2772 / extn: 32772
  • Research Associate
  • Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I joined UCL in September 2012 to take up a Research Associateship funded by the Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP). Before coming to UCL, I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate eduction at Jesus College, Cambridge, where I graduated with a BA in English in 2005, an MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures in 2007, and a PhD in 2012 for a thesis on film history.

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Research Summary

My research focuses on the history of cinema in Britain. As a Research Associate funded by CHIRP, I am embarking on a project that explores the early history of cinema in London, before 1930. I am interested in mapping the spread of cinema culture across the city; in the social experience of cinema-going in London's West End; and in the cluster of film businesses that grew up in the streets of Soho - an area that contemporary commentators came to know as London's 'Filmland'.

I am also writing a book, based on part of my doctoral research, about the craze for film acting in inter-war Britain. This is due to be published by I.B. Tauris in 2015.

Other aspects of my doctoral research have been published, or are forthcoming, in journal articles and book chapters. My article 'How to Become a Bioscope Model' won the 2010 Projection Box Essay Award for new research into British popular visual culture.

Teaching Summary

I teach on the MA in Film Studies core course, and I convene the optional module 'Film Exhibition' (ENGLGF09). This looks at the history of showing and watching films from the 1890s through to the present day.

I have also taught sessions on cinema and the city for the English Literature BA, the European Culture and Thought MA and the Urban Studies MSc courses.

Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – English University of Cambridge
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – English University of Cambridge
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