Dr Tanya Horeck
BA, MA (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) PhD (Sussex University, Brighton, England)Course Leader, MA Film Studies
Senior Lecturer, Communication, Film and Media
Room: Hel 268
Telephone: 0845 196 2392
International: +44 1223 698 392
Dr Tanya Horeck is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies. She is module leader of 'Documentary Film Theory', 'Theorizing Spectatorship', 'Classical Hollywood Cinema' and 'Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema,' and teaches 'Introduction to Film Studies'.
Her research interests include: gender and sexuality, theories of affect, European cinema and the New Extremism, American cinema/popular cinema and crime narratives, and documentary theory and film.
Dr Horeck is author of the book Public Rape: Representing Violation in Fiction and Film (London/NY: Routledge 2004) (pictured), and co-editor (with Tina Kendall) of the collection The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe (University of Edinburgh Press, 2011) (pictured). This collection emerges out of the international film studies conference, The New Extremism: Contemporary European Cinema, co-hosted by Dr Horeck in May 2009.
In addition to co-writing the introduction for this book, Dr Horeck also wrote one of the chapters, ' "A Passion for the Real": Sex, Affect and Performance in the Films of Andrea Arnold'. A review of The New Extremism by Henry Miller can be found on the Cineaste website.
Horeck has just completed a project on Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, in collaboration with Swedish scholars, Berit Åström and Katarina Gregersdotter (Umeå University). Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction (Palgrave MacMillan 2013) considers the impact of Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy on the contemporary crime novel. Taking as its focus the sexually violent images at the heart of the Millennium Trilogy in its many guises - from novels, to Swedish film adaptations, to Hollywood blockbuster - this international collection of essays puts Larsson's work into dialogue with a range of contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone crime novelists, including Jo Nesbø, Håkan Nesser, Mo Hayder and Val McDermid.
Pursuing her research on crime images and affect, Horeck is currently working on a new research project, 'Watching Real Crime Documentaries in Digital Network Culture'. This book investigates the growing cultural significance of the 'real crime' documentary in light of recent cultural, technological, and social transformations, in particular the increasing use of the Internet as a platform for viewing films. Examining a range of American crime documentaries including Andrew Jarecki's Capturing the Friedmans, Kurt Kuenne's Dear Zachary, the Paradise Lost trilogy and Errol Morris' Standard Operating Procedure, this project maps out how digital media, including online social networking, reconfigures the ways in which audiences view crime documentaries, and how this in turn impacts on the construction and distribution of popular cultural conceptions of justice, criminality, morality and social responsibility.
Horeck has published a number of articles on gender, violence and spectatorship in journals such as Screen, New Formations, and Women: A Cultural Review.
She is a member of ARCMedia (Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture).
Dr Horeck would like to supervise research in the areas of:
- gender and sexuality in film and popular culture
- film theory
- American cinema/popular cinema
- European cinema and the New Extremism
- documentary film and theory
- cinematic violence
- crime images and narratives