Associate Professor Ben McCann
|Position||Head of French Studies|
|Org Unit||French Studies|
|Telephone||+61 8 8313 5149|
I completed an BA in History and French at Keble College, Oxford (1994-1998) and completed a PhD in 1930s French Cinema at the University of Bristol (1999-2003). I am interested in all areas of French Cinema, particularly in 1930s French 'Poetic Realist' cinema, the films of Marcel Carné and Julien Duvivier, set design and film decor, film adaptation, and the films of Jean Dujardin.
I am currently Head of French Studies (2016-)
I was Associate Dean, Student Experience for the Faculty of Arts from 2012 to 2017.
I was the French Film editor for the Year's Work in Modern Language Studies from 2014-2018.
PhD: University of Bristol: 'Set Design, Spatial Configurations, and the Architectonics of 1930s French Poetic Realist Cinema' - (1999-2004)
BA (Hons): Keble College, Oxford University (French and History, 1994-1998)
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education: University of Adelaide - (2008)
Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Liverpool John Moores University - (2005)
Awards & Achievements
2008: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prize for Excellence in Teaching
2009: Awarded a $219,000 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Grant entitled "A collaborative multi-faceted approach to address the gaps between student expectation and experience at university" - Principal Investigator
2010: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council: 'For using language immersion, along with joie de vivre, to motivate students and inspire engagement in French grammar, literature and culture'
2011: Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching
2014: Awarded a $60,000 grant from the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) to explore the experiences of first-in-family students at the University of Adelaide
In 2019, I will be teaching and coordinating
- French IIA/B Language
- French IISA/IIIA/IIISA Culture: Les villes francophone
- French IIA Culture: Du texte à l'écran
- French Cinema (part of the Faculty's new Film Major)
I have been an Honours Supervisor for dissertations on, among other topics:
- French colonial cinema
- French immigration
- the representation of schools and teachers in French cinema
- music and fashion in Diva (1981)
I have been a PhD co-supervisor for doctoral theses on:
- the cinema of Jean-Luc Godard
- French cinema and the body
- Tamil Nadu cinema and politics
- the representation of the Second World War and the Occupation in French cinema from 1995 to 2015
- representations of cities in Chinese cinema
I welcome Honours and PhD proposals on any area of French cinema.
French 1930s cinema
set design and decor
the development of the French horror film
the role of music and sound in Jacques Tati’s films
European auteur cinema
the French New Wave
developments in French New Millennium Cinema
the life and work of Alexandre Trauner
Julien Duvivier (French Film Directors Series) (Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York, 2017)
Framing French Culture: From Ethnographic Illustrations to Photographic Self-Narratives (University of Adelaide Press: Adelaide, 2015) [co-edited with Natalie Edwards and Peter Poiana]
Ripping Open The Set: French Film Design 1930-1939 (Peter Lang: Bern and Oxford, 2013)
Le Jour se lève (French Film Guide: Ciné-file French Film Guides) (I.B. Tauris: London, 2013)
The Cinema of Michael Haneke (Wallflower: London, 2011) [co-edited with David Sorfa]
McCann, B. (2015) 'The Return of Trauner: Late Style in 1970s and 1980s Film Design', in Framing French Culture, eds. Natalie Edwards, Ben McCann and Peter Poiana (University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide), pp. 156-172.
McCann, B. and J. West-Sooby (2014) '"I love how the content stimulates me to want to continue to learn French", or How teaching literary adaptations makes for better French students', Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium, Canberra 3-5 July 2013, eds. Catherine Travis, John Hajek, Colin Nettelbeck, Elizabeth Beckmann and Anna Lloyd-Smith, pp. 457-469.
McCann, B. (2013) 'Body Horror', in To See the Saw Movies: Essays in Post-9/11 Horror, eds. James Aston and John Wallis (McFarland: Jefferson, NC, and London), pp. 30-44.
McCann, B. (2013) 'Julien Duvivier', in Directory of World Cinema: France, eds. Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael (Intellect: Bristol), pp. 17-20.
McCann, B. (2013), 'Horror', in Directory of World Cinema: France, eds. Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael (Intellect: Bristol), pp. 276-283.
McCann, B. (2011) "'A many splendoured thing?': Plural visions of the city in Paris je t'aime", in Hexagonal Variations: Diversity, Plurality and Reinvention in Contemporary French Studies, eds. Murray Pratt, Jo McCormack and Alistair Rolls (Rodopi: Amsterdam), pp. 339-354.
McCann, B. (2011) ‘Introduction', in Cinema Utopia: The Cinema of Michael Haneke (Wallflower: London), pp. 1-9.
McCann, B. (2011) ‘Acting, Performance and the Bressonian Impulse in Haneke's films', in Cinema Utopia: The Cinema of Michael Haneke (Wallflower: London), pp. 24-37.
McCann, B. (2008) "'Du verre, rien que du verre': Negotiating utopia in Playtime", Nowhere is Perfect: French and Francophone Utopias/Dystopias, ed. John West-Sooby (University of Delaware Press: Newark), pp. 193-210.
McCann, B. (2007) "Bliss in Blueness: Colour Strategies in the Films of Michael Mann", Questions of Colour in Cinema: From Paintbrush to Pixel, ed. Wendy Everett (Peter Lang: Bern), pp. 141-160.
McCann, B. (2005) ‘Les Enfants du Paradis', The Cinema of France, ed. Phil Powrie, (London: Wallflower), pp.51-59.
McCann, B. (2003) "Enjoying the Scenery": Landscape and the Fetishisation of Nature in ‘Badlands' and 'Days of Heaven', in The Cinema of Terrence Malick, ed. by Hannah Patterson, (London: Wallflower), pp. 75-85.
McCann, B (2000) 'Spaces and Places - Architecture as an Instrument in Rewriting the Political: The Exposition Coloniale de Paris', Dialogues 3: Rewriting the Political, ed. by Daniel Hall and Ben McCann (London: Intellect) pp.75-81.
McCann, B. (2015), 'Introduction', Australian Journal of French Studies, vol. 52(2), pp. 107-111 (co-written with Benjamin Andréo).
McCann, B. (2013), 'Jean Dujardin, OSS 117, and the Art of the Spoof', Essays in French Literature and Culture, vol. 50, November, pp. 69-84.
McCann, B. (2011), "'Je disais tout haut ce que beaucoup pensaient tout bas!': Marcel Carné, Film Critic', French Studies Bulletin, vol. 120, Autumn, pp. 57-62.
McCann, B. (2011), 'Marcel Carné', Senses of Cinema, vol. 58. Published online 13 March 2011: http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2011/great-directors/marcel-carne.
McCann, B. (2009), '(Under)Scoring Poetic Realism - Maurice Jaubert and 1930s French Cinema', Studies in French Cinema, vol. 9(1), pp. 37-48.
McCann, B. (2009) ‘What Trauner did next': The Continuation of a French Design Aesthetic in an American Context, French Cultural Studies, vol. 20(1), pp. 65-81.
McCann, B. (2008) ‘Pierced Borders, Punctured Bodies: the Contemporary French Horror Film, Australian Journal of French Studies, vol. 45(3), pp. 225-237.
McCann, B., Brinkworth, R., Nordström, K., and Matthews, C. (2008) 'First Year Expectations and Experiences: Student and Teacher Perspectives', Higher Education. Published online: 6 December 2008: http://www.springerlink.com/content/j1683741v277j6n2/.
McCann, B. (2008) ‘"If it's not Disney, what is it?": Traditional Animation Techniques in Les Triplettes de Belleville', French Studies Bulletin, vol. 108, Autumn, pp. 59-62.
McCann, B. (2004) ‘"A discreet character?" Action spaces and architectural specificity in French poetic realist cinema', Screen, vol. 45/4, Winter, pp. 375-382.
McCann, B. (2014), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films, eds. Sabine Haenni, Sarah Barrow and John White (Routledge: London and New York). Entries on: A nous la liberté (pp. 12-14), Boudu sauvé des eaux (pp. 115-118), Les Enfants du paradis (pp. 220-222), and Mon Oncle (pp. 353-356).
McCann, B. (2013), Directory of World Cinema: France, eds. Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael (Intellect: Bristol). Entries on: Nogent, eldorado du dimanche (pp. 54-6), Le Jour se lève (pp. 164-6), Le Quai des brumes (pp. 166-9), Le Boucher (pp. 227-9), A l'intérieur (pp. 284-5), Frontières (pp. 292-4), and Ils (pp. 296-9)
Secretary, Australian Society for French Studies (2017-)
Member of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA) Executive (2013-2018)
Member of Adelaide Film Festival Review Panel (2011-2013)
Member of Mercury Exhibition Group (2008-2012)
Elected Chair of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild (2008-2014)
Committee Member, Alliance Française of Adelaide (2009-2014)
Member of the Adelaide EDGE Rotary Club (2006-2012)
- Ben McCann talking about Steven Spielberg's proposed mini-series on Napoleon (March 2013) - 20130305-pm10-napolean-film.mp3 [2.1MB] (audio/mpeg)
- Ben McCann writing about French horror films in The Advertiser (August 2013) - French_horror_films_(2).jpg [191.0K] (image/jpeg)
- Michael Haneke - 41-Ww50sO3L__SL500_AA300_.jpg [12.9K] (image/jpeg)
- PhD abstract - Abstract.doc [21.5K] (application/msword)
Categories Arts & Culture, Foreign Language & Culture Expertise French cinema; European cinema; film culture; contemporary French society Notes Chair of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild; 2010: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council: 'For using language immersion, along with joie de vivre, to motivate students and inspire engagement in French grammar, literature and culture' 2011: Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching
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