Dr Matthew Melia

About

I graduated in 2001 at the University of Aberdeen (Joint MA Hons English-Lit / History of Art) and 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 Literature 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 co-edited The Jaws Book: New Perspectives on the classic Summer Blockbuster  (Bloomsbury); Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange (Palgrave, 2023 ); 'Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange' (Special edition of Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television) and edited ReFocus: The Films of  Ken Russell (EUP, 2023 ).  I am currently working on a monograph about Ken Russell's 1986 film Gothic. Forthcoming publications include an edited collection for Bloomsbury, The Jurassic Park Book (2023), a special edition of the journal Cinergie Il Cine e le Altre Arti, 'Franchising Jurassic Park'  (2023) .

My research (and teaching) is archive focused and I have a particular research interest in the both study of archives themselves and in the phenomena of the unmade and abandoned project. I am co-convener of the Special Interest Group (SIG) 'Archives and Archival Methods' (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies).

I have taught modules on British cinema and cult and transgressive film and literature and am interested in the tension between analogue and digital media as well as dead technology. 

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Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer and Course leader of the Humanities Foundation Degree

Qualifications

  • 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.

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

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.

Areas of specialism

  • Beckett, Genet, Artaud, Cruelty and the Absurd
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Ken Russell
  • Anthony Burgess
  • Archives, and the unmade

Scholarly affiliations

  • BAFTSS Archives and Archival Methods Special Interest Group
  • IAMHIST

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 29.

Article

Melia, Matthew (2023) Franchising 'Jurassic Park' : introduction. Cinergie – Il Cinema E Le Altre Arti, 12(24), pp. 1-11. ISSN (online) 2280-9481

Melia, Matthew (2023) John Sayles and the unmade 'Jurassic Park IV'. Cinergie – Il Cinema E Le Altre Arti, 12(24), pp. 71-86. ISSN (online) 2280-9481

Melia, Matthew (2022) The shared history of Stanley Kubrick’s 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971) and Ken Russell’s 'The Devils' (1971). Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 42(1), pp. 8-23. ISSN (print) 0143-9685

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,

Book

Melia, Matthew [Editor] (2023) The Jurassic Park book : new perspectives on the classic 1990s blockbuster. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 360p. ISBN 9781501384868

Melia, Matthew and Orgill, Georgina, eds. (2023) Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. 328p. (Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture) ISBN 9783031055980

Melia, Matthew, ed. (2022) ReFocus: the films of Ken Russell. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. 320p. (ReFocus: The International Directors Series) ISBN 9781474477659

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

Book Section

Melia, Matthew (2023) Introduction. In: Melia, Matthew, (ed.) The Jurassic Park book : new perspectives on the classic 1990s blockbuster. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501384868

Melia, Matthew (2023) Jurassic Park : disaster, chaos and existential threat. In: Melia, Matthew, (ed.) The Jurassic Park book : new perspectives on the classic 1990s blockbuster. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501384868

Melia, Matthew and Orgill, Georgina (2023) Introduction. In: Melia, Matthew and Orgill, Georgina, (eds.) Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-21. (Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture) ISBN 9783031055997

Melia, Matthew (2023) Old age, ageing and fatherhood in Kubrick. In: Ritzenhoff, Karen A. , Metlić, Dijana and Szaniawski, Jeremi, (eds.) Gender, power, and identity in the films of Stanley Kubrick. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 291-307. (Routledge Advances in Film Studies) ISBN 9781032072227

Melia, Matthew (2023) Scripting 'A Clockwork Orange'. In: Melia, Matthew and Orgill, Georgina, (eds.) Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 69-94. (Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture) ISBN 9783031055980

Melia, Matthew (2023) Space and location in The X-Files. In: Fenwick, James and Rodgers, Diane A., (eds.) The legacy of The X-Files. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 23-44. ISBN 9781501387630

Melia, Matthew (2022) 'Eyes wide shut' : a cult film? In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) 'Eyes wide shut' : behind Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. Liverpool, U.K. : Liverpool University Press. (In Press)

Melia, Matthew (2022) Introduction. In: Melia, Matthew, (ed.) ReFocus: the films of Ken Russell. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 1-22. (ReFocus: The International Directors Series) ISBN 9781474477659

Melia, Matthew (2022) Ken Russell's gothic modernism. In: Melia, Matthew, (ed.) ReFocus : the films of Ken Russell. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 69-95. (ReFocus: The International Directors Series) ISBN 9781474477659

Melia, Matthew (2021) Kubrick and Britain. In: Hunter, I.Q. and Abrams, Nathan, (eds.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781501343636

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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)

Thesis

Melia, Matthew (2007) Architecture and cruelty in the writings of Antonin Artaud, Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .

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Leadership and management

I am course leader for the Humanities Foundation Degree