Chris Gittings

PhD (Edinburgh)

University College 4414
519-661-2111 ext. 85781

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Areas of Interest

Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies. Research and teaching interests in Canadian cinemas;  film theory; genre theory; critical theory; critical race studies; gender and sexuality; national cinema; postcolonial theory; documentary; melodrama; class, ideology.

Selected Publications

  • “Canadian Cinema(s).” The Routledge Companion to World Cinema. Eds., Rob Stone, Paul Cooke, Stephanie Dennison, Jonathan Driskell, Alex Marlow-Mann. London and New York: Routledge, 2017: 237-251.
  • “Indigenous Canadian Cinemas: Negotiating the Precarious.” The Precarious in the Cinemas of the Americas. Eds., Constanza Burucúa and Carolina Sitnitsky. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018: 221-244.
  • “Parsing the Transnational in John Greyson’s Queer Cinema: Proteus, Fig Trees, Covered and Hey Elton.” In The Perils of Pedagogy: The Works of John Greyson. Eds. Tom Waugh, Brenda Longfellow and Scott Mackenzie. Toronto and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press. 2013: 113-134. 
  • “Activism and Aesthetics: The Work of John Greyson.” In Great Canadian Film Directors. Ed, George Melnyk. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2007: 124-147. 
  • Canadian National Cinema: Ideology, Difference and Representation London and New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • Ed., Imperialism and Gender: Constructions of Masculinity. Hebden Bridge, UK: Dangaroo, 1996.

Refereed Articles on cultural translation, gender, sexuality, genre, postcolonialisms, postmodernisms, popular culture, national cinemas, ethnographic cinemas and race and nation in Essays On Canadian Writing, Studies in Short Fiction, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Glasgow Review, Kunapipi, Canadian Journal of Communication, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Cinema Journal, British Journal of Canadian Studies and Australian Canadian Studies.

Recent Talks

  • Re-visiting the Anglo-Canadian National Cinema Project.” Presented at Film Studies Association of Canada Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. May 30–June 1, 2012
  • HBO Canada: Making Quality TV and Cancon Masculinities in Call Me Fitz and Less Than Kind. Presented at “Consoleing Passions: International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism,” Suffolk University, Boston, MA (USA). July 19–21, 2012

Honors and Distinctions

  • USC Teaching Honour Role Award of Excellence 2008-09
  • USC Teaching Honour Role Award 2010-11 
  • Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, U.K. (1996-97)
  • Advisory Board, Routledge series Remapping World Cinema: Regional Tensions and Global Transformations
  • Editorial Board, University of Toronto Press series Cultural Spaces

Work in Progress

Canadian Television