My name is Alice, and I have just started a PhD in Film and German under the supervision of Professors Erica Carter and Ginette Vincendeau.
My research focuses on transnational popular cinema and its limitations, and my thesis investigates the reception of Hollywood cinema in Europe. My particular interest is in how the romantic comedy genre, which targets female audiences throughout the world on the premise that they form a homogeneous spectator category, is received in three different European countries. Through an examination of critical and audience reception of romantic-comedy films, I seek to investigate how and to what extent discrepancies in reception can be explained by national differences. In particular, my project seeks to investigate how the notion of femininity enshrined in globally distributed American romantic comedies ‘translates’ to other national audiences.
King’s high academic profile and dynamic role within the European research community makes it the ideal place to pursue my research. Thanks to the College’s numerous links with partner institutions around the world, I will be able to pursue field work in both Germany and France in my second year. Moreover, King’s unique location at the heart of London makes it an ideal place for film students, with easy access to the multiple cinemas of the West End, and the British Film Institute and its library.
The academic and financial support I have received from the College has been incredible. I am the fortunate recipient of an AHRC Studentship, which has enabled me to focus solely on my research. Moreover the German and Film Departments as well as the College’s Research Development Program organize regular seminars and workshops, which have enabled me to develop the skills necessary to pursue my research, as well as to broaden my knowledge of current research within and outside of my discipline.
Alice Guilluy, PhD candidate Film & German