Michelle Fletcher is a Biblical Scholar who specialises in the New Testament (particularly the book of Revelation), textual imitation, reception criticism, and visual art. Her doctoral research at King's College London used film theory to examine the use of the Hebrew Bible in the book of Revelation, and was awarded the Elsevier Outstanding Thesis Prize. It was published as Reading Revelation as Pastiche: Imitating the Past (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017).
Michelle worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent before joining King's as Research Associate on the Visual Commentary on Scripture. She is an editor of Bloomsbury Scriptural Traces series, co-Chair of SBL John's Apocalypse section, and Secretary of the British New Testament Society. She has published widely on the Bible and popular culture, including Frankenstein films, Westerns, and the Terminator franchise.
Michelle is currently researching filmic portrayals of the end of the world, and also undertaking a project on the reception of Daniel 5's Writing on the Wall.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- The book of Revelation
- Intertextuality (broadly conceived)
- Film Studies
- Critical Theory
- Visual Art
Michelle's research interests revolve around exploring the ideologies imbued in biblical interpretation. She is particularly interested in innovative methodological approaches and any approaches which involves bringing new texts into dialogue with the Bible.
- Companion to the New Testament, ed. with J. Crossley (London: SCM, forthcoming, 2023).
- ‘Exodus in Revelation’, in Exodus in the New Testament, ed. S. Ehorn and S. Whittle (London: T&T Clark, 2022).
- ‘Seeing Differently with Mary Magdalene’, in The Jesus Film Handbook, ed. R. Walsh (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2021).
- ‘Revelation’, in The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. ed. J. Schröter, C. Keith, and H. Bond (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019), pp. 309–324.
- ‘Apocalypse Noir: The Book of Revelation and Genre’, in T&T Clark Companion to The Bible and Film, ed. R. Walsh (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018), 21–35.
- Reading Revelation as Pastiche: Imitating the Past (LNTS; London: T&T Clark). Forthcoming 2017.
- “‘Behold, I’ll Be Back’: Terminator, the Book of Revelation and the Power of Sequels,” in Now Showing: Film Theory in Biblical Studies, ed. Caroline Vander Stichele and Laura Copier, Semeia Studies (SBL Brill Academic Publishers, 2016).
- “Once Upon an Apocalypse: Exodus, Disaster, and a Long, Long Time ago?” in Biblical Reception Volume 4: A New Hollywood Moses: On the Spectacle and Reception of Exodus: Gods and Kings, ed. David Tollerton, Journal of Biblical Reception. (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2016).
- “Apocalypse Noir: How Revelation Defined and Defied a Genre,” in Currents in British Research on the Apocalypse, ed. Garrick Allen, Ian Paul, Simon P. Woodman, (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015), 115-134.
- “Flesh for Frankenwhore: Reading Babylon’s Body in Revelation 17,” in The Body in Biblical, Christian and Jewish Texts, ed. Joan E. Taylor, The Library of Second Temple Studies (London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014), 144–64
Biblical Studies, Visual art, Reception History.