Faculty Biography

Hugh S. Manon

Hugh S. Manon, Ph.D.

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

Phone: 1-508-793-7644
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

"David Fincher’s Mindhunter, Localness, and the Limits of Disavowal" (article)

Selected Publications

“A Field Guide to Imaginary Idiocy.” Intertexts 21:1-2 (Spring-Fall 2017): 1-39.

“William Castle's When Strangers Marry: Film Noir as Mediated Gothic” in ReFocus: The Films of William Castle, ed. Murray Leeder (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

“ASMR Mania, Trigger Chasing, and the Anxiety of Digital Repletion” in Lacan and the Nonhuman, eds. Jonathan Dickstein and Gautam Basu Thakur (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

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

“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).