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Dr Matthew Melia

Senior Lecturer


I completed my undergrad in 2001 at the University of Aberdeen (Joint MA Hons English-Lit / History of Art) and I was awarded my PhD from Kingston ('Architecture and Cruelty in the Writings of Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet') in 2007.

I teach on and am module leader for  undergraduate and postgraduate modules focusing on Light Entertainment television, TV Drama, Cult Film, Post 1960's British Cinema,  Digital Cinema and more.

My research currently investigates issues of space and architecture and the work of Ken Russell and Stanley Kubrick.

I am at the start of a research project on A Clockwork Orange  as well as publishing chapters and articles  on Russell, Kubrick. I am also writing around  The Cult Western for a forthcoming publication.

In 2017 I organised the international conference Ken Russell: Perspectives, Reception and Legacy  at  Kingston.

Areas of specialism

  • Stanley Kubrick / Ken Russell
  • Space and Architecture
  • Cult film and Television
  • Post-War Avant Garde / the Absurd: Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Antonin Artaud
  • Post-Modernism
  • Post war British Cinema and Television / British Horror Cinema
  • The Cult / Exploitation Western and Landscape

Courses taught



  • Joint MA (Hons) English Literature - History of Art (2.1) - University of Aberdeen (2001)
  • PhD (Architecture and Cruelty in the Writings of Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet) - Kingston University (2007)
  • PgCert (higher education teaching certificate) - Kingston University - 2010.


I am currently involved with writing projects around  (amongst other things) Ken Russell's unmade films (chapter for Edited collectoin); Kubrick and Trans-Atlanticism (chapter for edited collection);  Jodorowsky's El Topo  and The Landscape of the Western;  I am co-editing a forthcoming a collection on Jaws  and contributing a chapter on Jaws as Western. I am about to propose an edited collection to Manchester University Press which emerges out of the conference I organised last year: Ken Russell: Perspectives, Reception and Legacy.

I spend a considerable amount of time in the Stanley Kubrick Archives  where I am formulating a book project on the cultural legacy of A Clockwork Orange  (in time for the films 50th anniversary in 2021) ; the BFI archives and the BBC archives.

I am currently organizing a conference on A Clockwork Orange (Novel and Film) in partnership with the Kubrick Archives / LCC, The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Kingston University. 


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