Dr Colette Balmain


I am a senior lecturer in Film and Media & Communications. I teach on core Media & Communication modules at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 7. 


MD4001 - How Media Changed the World

MD5001 - Theories of Mass and New Culture

MD5005 - Identity and Difference

MD6001 - Media Research Project 

MD7003 - Freedom, censorship and subversion 

Academic responsibilities

Senior lecturer in Film and Media


  • PhD Film
  • MA Literature, Art and Culture (First Class)
  • PGCE (FE)
  • BSc 2.2 (Hons) Literature and the History of Ideas/History

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My work is interdisciplinary and in particular focuses in on identity politics and the representation of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability in cinema. I am currently completing a monograph on East Asian Gothic Cinema (Palgrave-McMillan: 2020). I am the co-editor of Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games with Dr Andrew David Jackson (Peter Lang: 2015) and the editor of Directory of World Cinema: South Korea (Intellect: 2013). I am writing a book on BTS and masculinity which should be out in 2020. I am a film critic for Asian Film Vault and Eastern Kicks and part of the Screening Sex global network. I am a member of the Association for Asian Studies and the International Gothic Association.

I am also the committee chair for a Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project on BTS which will launch with the conference next week, 4th and 5th January 2020.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 17.


Balmain, Colette (2020) Repetition and difference in East Asian gothic cinema : the 'Bunshinsaba' film series. Transnational Screens, 11(3), pp. 187-201. ISSN (print) 2578-5273

Balmain, Colette (2018) East Asian Gothic : a definition. Palgrave Communications, 3(31), ISSN (online) 2055-1045

Balmain, Colette (2014) Crypto-cannibalism : Meat, murder and monstrosity in Tiwa Moeithasong’s The Meat Grinder. Horror Studies, 5(2), pp. 249-264. ISSN (print) 2040-3275


Jackson, Andrew and Balmain, Colette, eds. (2016) Korean screen cultures: interrogating cinema, TV, music and online games. Bern, Switzerland : Peter Lang. 330p. ISBN 9783034318228

Balmain, Colette, ed. (2013) Directory of World Cinema : South Korea. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. (Directory of World Cinema, (20)) ISSN (print) 2040-7971 ISBN 9781841505602

Balmain, Colette and Billings, Nancy, eds. (2009) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. 260p. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Balmain, Colette (2008) Introduction to Japanese horror film. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748624751

Book Section

Balmain, Colette (2021) Bangtan universe (BTS, 2017-Present) : South Korean transmedia universe. In: Bacon, Simon, (ed.) Transmedia cultures : a companion. Oxford, U.K. : Peter Lang Ltd. pp. 201-210. (Genre Fiction and Film Companions, (6)) ISBN 9781789971798

Balmain, Colette (2016) Pan-Asian gothic. In: Byron, Glennis, (ed.) Globalgothic. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 119-132. (International Gothic) ISBN 9781526106902

Balmain, Colette (2014) Pop goes Korean Popular Culture : an investigation into the popularity of Hallyu culture in the UK. In: Marinescu, Valentina, (ed.) The global impact of South Korean popular culture : Hallyu unbound. Maryland, U.S. : Lexington Books. pp. 81-88. ISBN 9780739193372

Balmain, Colette (2014) Southeast Asian Gothic cinema. In: Byron, Glennis and Townshend, Dale, (eds.) The Gothic world. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 399-411. (Routledge Worlds) ISBN 9780415637442

Balmain, Colette (2012) Unnatural appetites and the case of the cannibal in Korean cinema. In: Norris, Nanette, (ed.) Words for a small planet : ecocritical Views. Lanham, U.S. : Lexington Books. pp. 167-182. ISBN 9780739171585

Balmain, Colette (2009) 10 years of evil. In: Balmain, Colette and Norris, Nanette, (eds.) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. ix-xi. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Balmain, Colette (2009) And WHAT's on the menu today? Greed and gluttony in Sato's 'Naked blood'. In: Balmain, Colette and Norris, Nanette, (eds.) Uneasy humanity : perpetual wrestling with evil. Freeland, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. pp. 121-130. (At the interface) ISBN 9781904710929

Conference or Workshop Item

Balmain, Colette J. [Speaker] (2017) Ghosts and not ghouls in contemporary East Asian gothic cinema. In: Games, Gothic and Gore: Horror beyond Hollywood; 25th Jan 2017, Salford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Balmain, Colette (2015) Through the eyes of a child : hybridity and morbidity in Jo Sung-hee's 'A werewolf boy'. In: Open graves, open minds : The company of wolves : Sociality, animality, and subjectivity in literary and cultural narratives - werewolves, shapeshifters, and feral humans; 03 - 05 Sep 2015, Hatfield, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Balmain, Colette [Compiler] (2017) Chills and thrills : South Korean horror cinema. Korean Film Nights 2017. .

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