Faculty Biography

Hugh S. Manon

Hugh S. Manon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Screen Studies
Director, Screen Studies program
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone:1-508-793-7644
Email: hmanon@clarku.edu


Professor Manon received a B.Sc. in Telecommunications from the Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University; an M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Critical and Cultural Studies with Film Studies concentration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been at Clark since 2010. He is also affiliated with the program in Communication and Culture.

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Film Genres: Horror, Film Noir, Pseudo-documentary

Glitch, Lo-Fi and Punk Aesthetics

Cuteness Culture

Tod Browning, George Romero and Edgar G. Ulmer

Current Research & Projects

“Rude Aesthetics in the Digital Mainstream” (essay)

“The Ethics of Endurance in Cult Cinema” (essay)

"Lack and Losslessness: Toward a Lacanian Aesthetics" (book project)

Selected Publications

“Beyond the Beyond: CGI and the Anxiety of Overperfection,” in Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader, eds. Matthew Flisfeder and Louis-Paul Willis (Palgrave, 2014).

“Paranormal Activity and the Revenge of the Mulveyan Male Gaze.” Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 18.1 (Spring 2013).

“Partition and Desire in the Films of Joseph H. Lewis,” in The Films of Joseph H. Lewis, ed. Gary Rhodes (Wayne State University Press, 2012).

“Notes on Glitch," World Picture 6 (Winter 2011).

“Living Dead Spaces: The Desire for the Local in the films of George Romero” in Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image, eds. John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

“Comment ça, rien?: Screening the Gaze in Caché” in On Michael Haneke. Eds. Brian Price and John David Rhodes (Wayne State University Press, 2010).

“Heading Off Satisfaction in Tough Guys Don't Dance” in The Mailer Review 3.1 (Fall 2009).

“See Spot: The Parametric Films Noirs of Edgar G. Ulmer” in Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row. Ed. Gary Rhodes (May 2008).

“X-Ray Visions: Radiography, Chiaroscuro, and the Fantasy of Unsuspicion in Film Noir.” Film Criticism 32.2 (Winter 2007-08).

“Qui Perd Gagne: Failure and Cinematic Seduction.” International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.3 (Fall 2007), issue on “Žižek and Cinema.”

“Seeing Through Seeing Through: The Trompe L'oeil Effect and Bodily Difference in the Cinema of Tod Browning.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 47.1 (Spring 2006).

“Some Like it Cold: Fetishism in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity.” Cinema Journal 44.4 (Summer 2005).