Emily Torricelli

Thesis

Thesis - Projecting the Nation: Constructions of Scotland in Film Since 1979

In my thesis I examine questions of the continued significance of national cinemas and identities, focussing on the case of Scottish cinema. As a small, devolved nation with relative autonomy from the United Kingdom, Scotland presents an interesting case for how films are labelled with a national identity, as Scottish films can also often be understood in a British, European, and even global context. Rather than attempting to construct a working model of Scottish cinema based on representation or production context, I ask how films have been constructed as Scottish.

I approach the concepts of Scotland and Scottish film as sets of meaning that change over time and in different contexts, which allows for a heterogeneous view of Scotland, by asking not only in what ways Scottishness is constructed in film, but also who is doing the constructing. I examine how multiple identities are balanced in the filmic construction of Scotland first by considering how Scottish films—both those made in and which are about Scotland—construct Scottish identities. Second, I look at how these films are received as Scottish by examining reviews and other press materials to determine how they understand the Scottishness of the films considered.

Biography

Biography

I received a Master of Arts in film studies from The University of Iowa in 2010 and a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting from Boston University in 2008. In 2005 I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing, with minors in history, literature, and Jewish Studies. I have taught Cinema: History and Analysis at The University of York as well as film studies, literature and writing classes at Iowa and for community college and was also an assistant managing editor at Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies . In my spare time, I am involved in the York Screenwriters’ Guild and am working on several prose and script projects.

Research

Research

Research Interests

National cinemas, British cinema and culture, Scottish cinema and culture, nationalism, genre, screenwriting, creative writing.

Publications

Publications

Conference Papers

  • ‘Digital Places, Feminine Spaces: The Regendering of Scotland in Contemporary Film’, (Un)Making the Nation: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Cambridge, 10-11 September 2015.
  • ‘Local Heroes and Highlanders: Fantasies of Scotland in the 1980s’, Becoming Scotland: Screen Cultures in a Small Nation, Queen Margaret University, 28-29 August 2014.
  • ‘When Inspiration Strikes: Turning Research into Creative Practice’, Exploring Conceptual and Creative Practices in Theatre, Film and Television’, University of York, 2 June 2014.

Contact details

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