Dr Warren Buckland

Reader in Film Studies


Warren Buckland has eight books to his name: Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (2012); (ed.) Film Theory & Contemporary Hollywood Movies (2009);  (ed.), Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema (2009); Directed by Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Blockbuster (2006); Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis (2002) (with Thomas Elsaesser); The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000); the best-selling Teach Yourself Film Studies (1998; third edition, 2008); and The Film Spectator (1995). He also edits the journal the New Review of Film and Television Studies: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17400309.asp


Warren Buckland writes on and teaches film theory, contemporary Hollywood cinema, and film narratology. He also edits the journal the New Review of Film and Television Studies.

Single authored monograph: Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (Routledge, 2012).

Co-author (with Edward Branigan, UCSB), Encyclopedia of Film Theory (Routledge, forthcoming).

Co-investigator (with Thomas Elsaesser ): Data Mining World Cinema: Following the Film Festival Circuit.

Books and other publications

Recent essays:

“Who Directed Poltergeist (1982)? Using Statistical Style Analysis for Authorship Attribution in the Cinema.” Digital Tools in Media Studies: Analysis and Research, ed.  Michael Ross, Manfred Grauer, and Bernd Freisleben (Transcript Verlag, 2009).

 “What Does the Statistical Style Analysis of Film Involve?” Literary and Linguistic Computing 23, 2 (2008): 219-30.

 “Film and Media Studies Pedagogy,” in Robert Kolker (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies (Oxford University Press, 2008): 527-56.

 “Formalist Tendencies in Film Studies,” in James Donald and Michael Renov (eds.)The Sage Handbook of Film Studies (Los Angeles: Sage, 2008): 312-27.

 “1982: Movies and Other Worlds,” in Stephen Prince (ed.), Screen Decades: the 1980s (Rutgers UP, 2007): 63-81.

 “Box Office Figures and The Lord of the Rings” in Ernest Mathijs (ed.), The Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context (Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2006): 88-98 (written with Chris Long).

“A Rational Reconstruction of the ‘Cinema of Attractions’”, in Wanda Strauven (ed.), The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded (Amsterdam University Press, 2006): 41-55.

Warren Buckland


School of Arts

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP




Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions

Warren Buckland

Published by: Routledge on March 2012


Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies (AFI Film Readers)

Warren Buckland

Published by: Routledge on June 2009