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Professor Sarah Cooper

Professor Sarah Cooper

Dr Sarah Cooper profile imageProfessor of Film Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2441
Address Film Studies Department 
King's College London 
Norfolk Building, Strand Campus 
London, WC2R 2LS




Sarah was an undergraduate and a postgraduate student at Cambridge University, Corpus Christi College, where she completed a BA Honours Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German), an MPhil in European Literature, and a PhD thesis on French feminist theory and North American queer theory. She worked as a Staff Fellow and Newton Trust Lecturer in French Studies at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University from 1998-2004, before moving to King’s to lecture in Film Studies from 2004.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • film theory and continental philosophy
  • ethics and film, especially documentary
  • modern critical theory, especially feminist theory, queer theory, and psychoanalysis
  • French cinema 

Sarah welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests. 

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • The Soul of Film Theory (London: Palgrave, 2013) (209pp.).
  • Chris Marker (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008) (204 pp.).
  • Selfless Cinema? Ethics and French Documentary (Oxford: Legenda, 2006) (102 pp.).
  • Relating to Queer Theory: Rereading Sexual Self-Definition with Irigaray, Kristeva, Wittig, and Cixous (Bern: Peter Lang, 2000) (231 pp.). 
  • ‘The Occluded Relation: Levinas and Cinema’, Special Issue of Film-Philosophy, vol 11, no 2 (August 2007), (143 pp.). 

For a complete list of publications, please see Sarah's full research profile.


At BA and MA level she has contributed to team teaching various introductory courses, and has also taught undergraduate modules on Film Theory (a range from classical to contemporary theory); Documentary Film; Fathers in Film; Cinema and Spectatorship; and a postgraduate module, Thinking Cinema with Emmanuel Levinas: Theory, Philosophy, Ethics. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

Sarah is co-editor of the ‘Thinking Cinema’ book series with Bloomsbury.

Sarah is on the editorial advisory board of the on-line journal Film-Philosophy. 

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