Faculty Biography

Hugh S. Manon

Hugh S. Manon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Screen Studies
Director, Screen Studies program
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: hmanon@clarku.edu

Professor Manon received a B.Sc. in Telecommunications from the Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University; an M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Critical and Cultural Studies with Film Studies concentration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been at Clark since 2010. He is also affiliated with the program in Media, Culture and the Arts.

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Film Genres: Horror, Film Noir, Pseudo-documentary

Glitch, Lo-Fi and Punk Aesthetics

Cuteness Culture

Tod Browning, George Romero and Edgar G. Ulmer

Current Research & Projects

“ASMR Mania, Trigger Politics and the Anxiety of Digital Repletion” (essay)

“William Castle's When Strangers Marry: Film Noir as Mediated Gothic” (essay)

"Lack and Losslessness: Toward a Lacanian Aesthetics" (book project)

Selected Publications


The Killer is Loose and the Televisual Dissolution of Film Noir” in ReFocus: The Films of Budd Boetticher, eds. Gary Rhodes and Robert Singer (University of Edinburgh Press, forthcoming March 2017).

“Resolution, Truncation, Glitch” in Cinematic Cuts: Theorizing Film Endings, ed. Sheila Kunkle (SUNY Press, 2016).

“Beyond the Beyond: CGI and the Anxiety of Overperfection,” in Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader, eds. Matthew Flisfeder and Louis-Paul Willis (Palgrave, 2014).

“Paranormal Activity and the Revenge of the Mulveyan Male Gaze.” Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 18.1 (Spring 2013).

“Partition and Desire in the Films of Joseph H. Lewis,” in The Films of Joseph H. Lewis, ed. Gary Rhodes (Wayne State University Press, 2012).

“Notes on Glitch," World Picture 6 (Winter 2011).

“Living Dead Spaces: The Desire for the Local in the films of George Romero” in Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image, eds. John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

“Comment ça, rien?: Screening the Gaze in Caché” in On Michael Haneke. Eds. Brian Price and John David Rhodes (Wayne State University Press, 2010).

“X-Ray Visions: Radiography, Chiaroscuro, and the Fantasy of Unsuspicion in Film Noir.” Film Criticism 32.2 (Winter 2007-08).

“Qui Perd Gagne: Failure and Cinematic Seduction.” International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.3 (Fall 2007), issue on “Žižek and Cinema.”

“Seeing Through Seeing Through: The Trompe L'oeil Effect and Bodily Difference in the Cinema of Tod Browning.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 47.1 (Spring 2006).

“Some Like it Cold: Fetishism in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity.” Cinema Journal 44.4 (Summer 2005).