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Dr. Russell Kilbourn

Associate Professor

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Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext.2380

Office Location: 3-155 Woods Bldg.
Office Hours: Wed. 10:00-12:00
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Academic Background

Ph.D.: Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, 1999
M.A.: Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, 1991
B.A.: University of British Columbia, 1989

Research Interests: Memory Studies; Film Theory; Art Film; Adaptation; Film and Literature; W.G. Sebald’s Prose Texts


Books authored/co-edited:

The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film. Ed. Russell

J. A. Kilbourn and Eleanor Ty. Waterloo: WLU Press, 2013.

Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to

Transnational Cinema. New York and London: Routledge, 2010.

Journal Articles, forthcoming:

“When I swallow his heart and lungs, Jesus is pleased”: The Metamorphosis of Sacrifice in The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”. ‘The Metamorphoses of Sacrifice in Contemporary Cinema’: Special issue of Angelaki - The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. Ed. Costica Bradatan and Camil Ungureanu. Forthcoming Summer 2014.

If This is Your Land, Where is Your Camera?: Atanarjuat, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen and Post-Cinematic Adaptation”. Journal of Adaptation in Performance and Film 7.2 (forthcoming Summer 2014). Part of a four-essay dossier on ‘Post-Cinematic Adaptation’, ed. R. Kilbourn.

Chapters in Books:

“The Second Look, the Second Death: W.G. Sebald’s Orphic Adaptation of

Hitchcock’s Vertigo” (expanded version). Hitchcock and Adaptation. Ed. Mark Osteen. New York: Scarecrow Press, 2014.

“‘The Obligations of Memory’: Godard’s Underworld Journeys”. The Legacies of Jean-

Luc Godard. Eds. Christina Stojanova, Douglas Morrey, et al. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.

“The Question of Genre in Sebald’s Prose (Towards a Post-Memorial Literature of

Restitution)”. A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W.G. Sebald. Eds. Ben Hutchinson, Valerie Henitiuk, et al. Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2013.

“Prosthetic Memory and Transnational Cinema: Globalized Identity and

Narrative Recursivity in City of God”. Millennial Cinema: Representations of Memory in Film. Eds. Terence McSweeney and Amresh Sinha. New York: Wallflower Press, 2012

“Re-writing Reality: Reading The Matrix.” Cultural Studies: An Anthology. Ed. Michael

Ryan. Malden: Blackwell, 2008. 1034-1043. Reprinted from Canadian Journal of Film Studies 9: 2. (Autumn 2000): 43-54

“Catastrophe with Spectator: Subjectivity, Intertextuality and the Representation

of History in The Rings of Saturn.” W.G. Sebald and the Writing of History. Eds. Anne Fuchs and J.J. Long. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007. 139-62

“Kafka, Nabokov…Sebald: Intertextuality and Narratives of Redemption in Vertigo

and The Emigrants.” W.G. Sebald: History – Memory – Trauma. Eds. Scott Denham and Mark R. McCulloh. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2006. 33-63

“Architecture and Cinema: The Representation of Memory in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.”

W.G. Sebald – A Critical Companion. Eds. J.J. Long and Anne Whitehead. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. 140-54. Reprinted in the U.S. and Canada by Washington University Press (Seattle: 2004)

Refereed Journal Articles:

“(No) Voice Out of the Whirlwind: The Book of Job and the End of the World in Tree

of Life, Take Shelter, and A Serious Man”. Adaptation (2014) doi: 10.1093/adaptation/apt022. First published online: January 29, 2014.

“Camera Arriving at the Station: Cinematic Memory as Cultural Memory”. ‘Ghost-towns: Cityscapes, Memories and Critical Theory’: Special issue of Societies. Eds. Graeme Gilloch and Changnam Lee. September, 2013.

“The Second Look, the Second Death: W.G. Sebald’s Orphic Adaptation of

Hitchcock’s Vertigo”. Clues 31.1. January 2013.

The Unnamable: Denegative Dialogue.” Joyce, Beckett, and the Art of the Negative

(European Joyce Studies 16). Ed. Colleen Jaurretche. Amsterdam/New York, 2005. 63-89

“American Frankenstein: Modernity’s Monstrous Progeny.” Mosaic 38.3 (Sept.

2005): 167-83

“Re-writing Reality: Reading The Matrix.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 9: 2. (Autumn 2000): 43-54

“The Bureaucracy of Desire: A Reading of Das Schloβ.” Journal of the Kafka Society

of America 23: 1-2 (June/December 1999): 50-62

Ada in Chiasmus: Chiasmus in Ada.” Journal of Nabokov Studies 5 (1998/99): 129-143

“Redemption Revalued in Tristan and Isolde: Schopenhauer, Wagner, Nietzsche.”

University of Toronto Quarterly 67.4 (Fall 1998) (special issue: Proceedings of “Voices of Opera: Performance, Production, Interpretation” Symposium): 781-88. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism 119. Ed. Russ Whitaker. The Gale Group

“Toward a Non-Euclidean Cinema: Kieslowski and Literature.” The Canadian Journal of

Film Studies 6.2 (Fall 1997): 34-50

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