I work in cinema studies with a focus on medical humanities and queer theory. My research specializes in the aesthetics of the body and narratives of bodily transformation. In my dissertation, Cinematic Insides: Special Effects and Narratives of Interiority in Contemporary Film, I investigate how special effects portraying the inside of the body produce new conceptions of interiority in the twenty-first century. The digital revolution in special effects over the last twenty years has created photo-realistic images of previously inaccessible spaces and scales of the body; however, these images require the narratives in which they appear to restructure questions of gender, identity, and violence at a new molecular scale. This dissertation explores the consequences of a molecular understanding of the body and expands on special effects scholarship through theories of molecularization by Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Nikolas Rose.
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