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Dr Mark Shiel

Dr Mark Shiel

Reader in Film Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2024
Film Studies Department
King's College London
454 Norfolk Building
Strand Campus



PhD in Film Studies, Birkbeck College/British Film Institute, University of London (1999)

BA in English Literature and Drama Studies, Trinity College Dublin (1994)

Previously Lecturer in Film Studies, Department of History of Art and Film, University of Leicester (2001-04); Lecturer in Film Studies, School of Cultural Studies, Sheffield Hallam University (2000-01); and Faculty of Arts Fellow, Centre for Film Studies, University College Dublin (1997-2000)

Visiting Research Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University (2006-07)

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2003-04)

Visiting Scholar in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, University of California, Los Angeles (2003-04)

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Research Interests and PhD supervision
Mark's research is concentrated in the following areas:
  • history and geography of film and visual culture in the United States 
  • cinema and the city (especially Los Angeles)
  • Italian neorealism
  • the road movie
  • cinema and radical politics (especially circa 1968)
  • critical theory

Mark’s second monograph, The Real Los Angeles: Hollywood, Cinema, and the City of Angels, was published by Reaktion Books and University of Chicago Press in 2012. This was a new ‘spatial history’ of cinema made in and about Los Angeles from the 1900s to the end of the 1950s. He is currently working on a new monograph, which will focus on Los Angeles cinema of the 1960s and ‘70s. The working title is Rapid Zoom: Los Angeles Film in the Freeway Age. He is also editing Architectures of Revolt: The Cinematic City circa 1968, for Temple University Press. His research has been funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.

Mark welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. 

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • “Classical Hollywood, 1928-1946”, in Lucy Fischer (ed.), Behind the Silver Screen: Art Direction and Production Design, Rutgers University Press, 2014, pp. 48-72
  • “Cityscapes and Cinematic Spaces”, in Peter Bondanella (ed.), The Italian Cinema Book, British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 84-91
  • Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles, London: Reaktion Books, distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press, 2012
  • “A Regional Geography of Film noir: Urban Dystopias On- and Off-screen”, in Gyan Prakash (ed.), Noir Urbanisms, Princeton University Press, 2010, pp. 75-103
  • "Starring Los Angeles: The Southland on Screen", in Kevin McNamara (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 145-156
  • “Banal and Magnificent Space in Electra Glide in Blue (1973), or An Allegory of the Nixon Era”, Cinema Journal, vol. 46, no. 2, Winter 2007, pp. 89-114
  • Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City, London: Wallflower Press/New York: Columbia University Press, 2006
  • Screening the City, Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice (eds), London and New York: Verso, 2003
  • Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context, Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice (eds), Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2001
For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.

He currently teaches the undergraduate modules Hollywood Cinema, Italian Neorealism, and Film and Architecture.

He teaches the graduate course Cinema and the City.


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