Christina Parker-Flynn

Assistant Professor
WMS 441
Film theory and criticism, gender studies, 19th-century literature and culture, comparative literature, Hitchcock studies

CHRISTINA PARKER-FLYNN, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Emory University (Comparative Literature, 2010), B.A. Hamilton College (English & French, 2001). Dr. Parker-Flynn specializes in comparative studies in literature and film, with particular emphasis on Symbolism, Aestheticism, film noir, film theory, and Hitchcock studies.

Dr. Parker-Flynn's current book project, Artificial Generation: Heterotextuality at the Intersection of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Film, focuses on exploring the fluid non-boundaries between literature and film theory, or, literature as film theory. At a particular moment in cultural history (around 1830), new modes of representation emerged through technological evolution (daguerrotypy, phonography, photography) and resulted in traditional modes of representation (literature) being threatened by their own replication as something else. These new modes of representation would have a profound influence on French literature; as people became more photographic on a psychic-level, man-made technologies began to directly influence the evolution of literary form. Examining the relationship between these mediums at this crucial moment in cultural and technological history, Artificial Generation presents a 19th century literary imperative as a theory of film, arguing that the depth of amalgamation that occurred within literary representation during this era is a key aesthetic tradition that continues to inform movies and contemporary culture today.


  • The Cinema, or the Egg: The Fowl Aesthetics of Alfred Hitchcock’s Film Form.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video (QRFV), Volume 35, Issue 5, 2018. Online at:
  • “To Be Felt: Examining Textility in Spike Jonze’s Her.” Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration, Issue 3.1, Spring 2018.Online at:
  • “Notions of Genre: Writings on Popular Film Before Genre Theory.” Film & History, Vol. 48, No. 2, Winter 2018.
  • "Joe and the 'Real' Girls: Blade Runner 2049." Gender Forum, Issue 66, Winter 2017.
  • "Miss Representation: The Femme Fatale and the Villainy of Performance in Neo-Victorian Hollywood," Neo-Victorian Villains: Adaptations and Transformations in Popular Culture. Ed. Benjamin Poore. New York: Rodopi, 2017.
  • "Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship." Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 7, Summer 2014.
  • "The Hitchcock Annual Anthology: Selected Essays from Volumes 10-15." Scope: an online journal for film studies, Issue 19, February 2011.


  • ENG 3600: Hollywood Cinema, Postmodern/Postmortem Film
  • ENG 5998: Film Club (graduate)
  • ENG 5138: Studies in Film, Adaptation (graduate)
  • ENG 5998: Teaching Film (graduate)
  • ENG 4115: Film Theory, Hitchcock: Allegories for Seeing (Cinematically)
FALL 2016
  • ENG 4932: Studies in English, Global Horror Film
  • ENG 5138: Studies in Film, Hitchcock: Auteurism, Adaptation, and the Invention of Form (graduate)
  • ENG 4115: Film Theory, Hitchcock: Allegories for Seeing (Cinematically)


  • Florida State University, First-Year Assistant Professor Research Grant, 2015.
  • UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research, 2011.