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Professor Richard Dyer

Professor Richard Dyer

Professor of Film Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7876
Film Studies Department
King's College London
448 Norfolk Building
Strand Campus



Educated at St. Andrews University (MA) in French with German, English and Philosophy.

English at the University of Birmingham (PhD) in the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies.

Visiting Professorships: Philadelphia (Annenberg School of Communications) 1985, Naples (Istituto Universitario Orientale) 1987, Stockholm 1996, Copenhagen 2002, New York University 2003, Bergamo 2004, Stockholm 2006, Weimar 2009, Stockholm 2010, St. Andrews 2011-2.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

Entertainment and representation and the relations between them as well as music and film (including melodrama), Italian cinema (especially in its popular forms) and gay / lesbian / queer cultures.

I would be interested in supervising PhD students wishing to work on any of my areas of research. 

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • In the Space of a Song, Routledge 2011
  • Nino Rota: Music, Film and Feeling, Macmillan / Palgrave 2010
  • Pastiche, London: Routledge, 2006.
  • Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society, London: Macmillan, 1987; reprinted London: Routledge, 2003.
  • Now You See It: Historical Studies in Lesbian and Gay Film, London/New York: Routledge, 1990; revised and expanded edition 2003. 

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.


I have taught courses on Film Analysis, Film history, Representation, Italian cinema, Federico Fellini, British Cinema, Hollywood, Stardom, Music and Film, Film, Race and Ethnicity. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

Featured in films The Celluloid Closet  and various television and radio series.

Reviews, interviews and short pieces for Sight and SoundAttitude and other journals and for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and World Service.

Film programming for National Film Theatre in London and regional film theatres.

Commentary for DVD of Se7en.

Awards from:

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Honorary Lifetime Membership

2007 Honorary Doctorate, University of Turku.

2009 Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Film Studies, University College Dublin

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