James Cahill

Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

James Leo Cahill is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and French literature at the University of Toronto and an editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. He is author of Cinema's Copernican Vocation: Jean Painlevé, Genevìeve Hamon, and Zoological Surrealism (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2018), and has published essays on French cinema and culture, animals and media, and film theory and historiography. In spring 2018 he will be a visiting professor at the Franke Institute for the Humanities of the University of Chicago. 

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A Hexagon Shaped Globe: Literature, Cinema, and World Exploration in France, 1943-1963

This book project examines how aesthetic reorientations in literature and cinema of the era rehearsed re-conceptualizations of the world and globe—and the geopolitical place of metropolitan France, colloquially known as L'Hexagone, within it—in the context of the moral and political crises of wartime collaboration, colonialism, coca-colonization. During his time in Cassis, he worked on chapters on Alain Bombard's Naufragé volontaire (1953), Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle's Le Monde du Silence (1956), and the role of cinematic technique in modes of sensory and perceptual exploration.