BHons, UNC-Chapel Hill M Arts, PhD U Rochester
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
Dr Amanda Howell teaches screen studies in the School of Humanities, Languages, and Social Sciences. She is also the Higher Degree Research Program Director for the Arts, Education, and Law group. An expert in contemporary American cinema, television, and screen cultures, she convenes on-campus courses in Hollywood Cinema and World Cinema and OUA courses in Classic Hollywood and Auteur cinemas.
Her academic publications focus on gender, genre, and screen aesthetics. Currently, her particular areas of concern are 'body' genres (action, war, horror, and the musical), the relationship between gender and generational difference, and the historical development and representational role of the pop/rock music score. Her most recent major publication is the Routledge monograph, A Different Tune: Popular Film Music and Masculinity in Action, which focuses on male difference and how contemporary screen representations of masculinity combine American cinema's long-standing investment in violence-as-spectacle with similarly body-focused pleasures of contemporary youth music.
Fields of expertise
- Popular music scores, with a particular focus on issues of genre, race, and gender.
- Film history, aesthetics and cultures, especially post-classical Hollywood, US independent and exploitation cinemas.
- Television, gender and genre
- Gothic film and literature
Current teaching areas
- World Cinema
- Hollywood Cinema