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Philippe Mather

Film - Campion
Associate Professor

Office: CM 502
E-mail: Philippe.Mather@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-359-1229

Research interests
Orientalism in Film, Film Music, Theories of Genre and Authorship, Stanley Kubrick, Science-Fiction.

Dr. Philippe Mather teaches film studies for Campion College at the University of Regina. He has co-edited a collection of essays on French science-fiction in film, literature and comics, and written a book on Stanley Kubrick's career as a photojournalist, in which he argues that Kubrick's better known work as a filmmaker owes much to the post-war visual aesthetics of photomagazines, as well as their dominant themes and storytelling conventions.

His current research focuses on orientalism in film, specifically Western representations of the city-state of Singapore. He plans to develop a typology of orientalist tropes based in part on the work of Edward Said. Under review are essays titled "Shanghaied in Singapore: Dogmas of Orientalism," and "Intercultural Sensitivity in Orientalist Cinema."

He has an ongoing interest in science-fiction film, which was the topic of his doctoral dissertation, where he proposed a semiotic definition of the genre. He has also taught courses on film music, a frequently overlooked topic due to its allegedly technical nature, an impression that he always seeks to demystify.

ACCREDITATION:

  • PhD from the University of Paris III - New Sorbonne, 1995.
  • MA from the University of Iowa, 1989.
  • BFA from Concordia University, 1986.

WORKS OF NOTE:

  • Rediscovering French Science-Fiction in Literature, Film and Comics, ed. by Philippe Mather and Sylvain Rheault. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
  • "A Brief Typology of French Science Fiction Film" in Rediscovering French Science-Fiction, ed. by P. Mather and S. Rheault. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. pp.143-160.
  • Stanley Kubrick at Look magazine: authorship and genre in photojournalism and film (Intellect, 2013).
  • "Shot Transitions and Narrative Logic in Hitchcock's Rope" in Kinema (Spring 2009).
  • "Stanley Kubrick and Look magazine" in: Stanley Kubrick: Essays on His Films and Legacy, Gary D. Rhodes, ed. (McFarland, 2008).
  • "Stanley Kubrick: Photography and Film" in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (Vol.26, No.2, 2006).
  • "Science-fiction et cognition" in Cinémas (Vol.12, No.2, 2002).
  • "Figures of Estrangement in Science Fiction Film" in Science-Fiction Studies (Vol.29, No.2, 2002).
  • "Science Fiction Film in the Genological Jungle" in Extrapolation (Vol.38, #2, 1997).
  • "Le Cinéma de science-fiction dans la jungle des genres" in Génériques #3 (1995).
  • "Les Mondes possibles du cinéma de science-fiction contemporain" in imagine... #69 (vol.XV, #4, 1994).