Barbara Creed is a Professor of Cinema Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral research was published by Routledge in 1993 as The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis. In 2003 she published Media Matrix: Sexing the New Reality. Her 2005 book Phallic Panic: Film, Horror & the Primal Uncanny looks at male monsters aligned with the primal uncanny, in Freud's terms.
Barbara was elected to The Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006.
Organised byAn event sponsored by Cesagen, LICA and CSS
VenueFASS Building A010 (MR03)
Darwin and the Cinema: Evolutionary aesthetics, the emotions and sexual display in film.
When Darwin’s theory of evolution removed god from the universe, all things became possible: an unknowable future, extinction of humanity, the scientific creation of new life forms, evolutionary super-beings, alien others, the end of the earth. Those things that became possible constitute the major themes of science fiction as a genre.
Barbara Creed takes on the evolutionary implications of the movies, spanning from classic horror, to science fiction, to film noir.