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I completed my undergraduate studies in 2001 at the University of Aberdeen (Joint MA Hons English-Lit / History of Art) and I was awarded my PhD from Kingston University ('Architecture and Cruelty in the Writings of Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet') in 2007.
I currently teach across film, media and English Llterature and I am the course leader for the Humanities Foundation degree.
My current and ongoing research concentrates on the work of both Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell. I
I co-edited The Jaws Book: New Persepectives on the classic Summer Blockbuster for Bloomsbury; Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange (Palgrave - forthcoming); and edited ReFocus: The Films of Ken Russell (EUP - Forthcoming).
I am currently about to start work on a monograph on Russell's film Gothic, and an edited collection for Bloomsbury, The Jurassic Park Book (2023)
I have taught modules on British cinema and cult and transgressive film and literature and am interested in the tension between analogue and digitial media as well as dead technology.
Senior Lecturer and Course leader of the Humanities Foundation Degree
I am currently on the advisory board/editorial committee for a book series forthcoming from Intellect on Unmade Films as well as co-Founder of the BAFTSS Archives and Archival Methods Special Interest Group.
I spend a considerable amount of time in the Stanley Kubrick Archives where I am also carrying out resesarch for a book project based around production design and the production history of A Clockwork Orange. I presented this research at the 2019 SCMS conference in Seattle.
In 2018 I co-organized and led on A Clockwork Orange entitled A Clockwork Symposium in partnership with the Kubrick Archives / LCC, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Kingston University.
In 2016 I organized and led a major conference, Ken Russell: Perspectives Reception and Legacy at Kingston University.
Melia, Matt (2020) "Very nearly an armful!" : British post-war comedy and the NHS. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 9(18), pp. 37-54. ISSN (online) 2213-0969
Melia, Matthew (2018) Stanley Kubrick at the interface of film and television. Essais : Revue Interdisciplinaire d'Humanites(4), pp. 195-219. ISSN (print) 2417-4211
Melia, Matthew (2017) Altered states, altered spaces : architecture, space and landscape in the film and television of Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell. Cinergie : Il Cinema e le Altre Arti, 12, pp. 139-152. ISSN (print) 2280-9481
Melia, Matthew (2017) 'The post Kubrickian' : Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Screening the Past, 42, ISSN (online) 1328-9756
Melia, Matthew (2017) Reading the scream in Peter Strickland's 'Berberian Sound Studio'. Frames Cinema Journal, 11, ISSN (online) 2053-8812
Melia, Matt (2016) Just how heroic is Star Trek's "I don't like to lose" James T. Kirk? Popmatters.com,
Hunter, I.Q. and Melia, Matthew, eds. (2020) The 'Jaws' book : new perspectives on the classic summer blockbuster. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 288p. ISBN 9781501347528
Melia, Matthew (2020) Ken Russell's unfinished projects and unmade films, 1956-1968 : the BBC years. In: Fenwick, James , Foster, Kieran and Eldridge, David, (eds.) Shadow cinema : the historical and production context of unmade films. New York, U.S. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 91-108. ISBN 9781501351594
Melia, Matthew (2020) Landscape, imagery and symbolism in Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'El Topo'. In: Broughton, Lee, (ed.) Reframing cult westerns : From The Magnificent Seven to The Hateful Eight. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 93-110. ISBN 9781501343490
Melia, Matthew (2020) Relocating the western in 'Jaws'. In: Hunter, IQ and Melia, Matthew, (eds.) The 'Jaws' book : new perspectives on the classic summer blockbuster. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501347528
Melia, Matthew (2014) The scream in visual culture: the scream as fearful response. In: Smith, Shilinka and Hill, Shona, (eds.) Transforming fear, horror and terror; multidisciplinary reflections. Oxford, U.K. : Inter-disciplinary Press. ISBN 9781848881969
Melia, Matthew (2009) "Oh what's the bloody point?": a deconstruction of Kenneth William's life, screen and written performances and their reflection in the biopic Fantabulosa (BBC 2006). In: Performing lives; 06 - 08 Jul 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Melia, Matthew (2007) Architecture and cruelty in the writings of Antonin Artaud, Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, uk.bl.ethos.555055.