Dr Jann Matlock

Dr Jann Matlock

Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
11th Jan 1999

Research summary

Dr Jann Matlock teaches and researches in the areas of French cultural history, critical theory, film studies, and visual representation. She is the author of Scenes of Seduction: Prostitution, Hysteria, and Reading Difference in Nineteenth-Century France (Columbia University Press, 1994), and the coeditor, with Marjorie Garber and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, of Media Spectacles (Routledge, 1993). She has recently completed Before the Voyeur and is researching ghost objects and modernity. For more information about her research, see her personal website: http://jannmatlock.weebly.com/index.html

Teaching summary

Dr Jann Matlock's teaching fields include

French Literature of the 18th-19th Centuries,

Comparative Literary Studies,

French Cultural and Intellectual History, 1750-present (especially 1789-1914),

Art and Visual Culture in Europe, 19th-20th Centuries

History of French Cinema from precinema to the present

Critical Theory

Film Theory

Gender Studies and Feminist Theory

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Theories of History

Narrative and the Novel (French, English, and German)

"Realism" in Art and Literature

History of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry

Popular Culture of the 18th through 21st centuries

The Contemporary French and American media

She participates in the MA in Film Studies, the MA in Comparative Literature, the MA in French, and supervises MA and PhD projects in interdisciplinary visual and cinema studies, cultural history, and French literature.

A list of her courses may be found here: http://jannmatlock.weebly.com/courses.html

A list of her MA and PhD supervisions may be found here: http://jannmatlock.weebly.com/ma-and-honors-thesis-supervision.html and http://jannmatlock.weebly.com/phd-supervision.html


University of California - Berkeley
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1988
University of California - Berkeley
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1980
Brown University
First Degree, Artium Baccalaureus | 1978


Jann Matlock is Senior Lecturer in the French Department at UCL (University College London) where she teaches French cultural history, film studies, and nineteenth-century French and Comparative literature. She has held research fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. After receiving her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. she was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University between 1989 and 1998 and a Visiting Professor at the Université de Paris 7, Denis Diderot in 1998-99. She is the author of Scenes of Seduction: Prostitution, Hysteria, and Reading Difference in Nineteenth-Century France (Columbia University Press, 1994), the recently completed Before the Voyeur, and a book manuscript-in-progress entitled The Invisible Woman and Her Secrets Unveiled. She has published widely on French and American culture, including recent projects on cinematic hotel registration desks, the Paris catacombs, and the photography of exile. In addition to coediting, with Marjorie Garber and Rebecca Walkowitz, Media Spectacles (Routledge, 1993) , she is the co-author of two films for the Musée du Louvre, Le Film 100 Têtes and Psychopathia sexualis: Fragments d’un enquête, and participated in the catalogue of a show at the Musée d’Orsay, Lanternes magiques, tableaux transparents. She is the Co-Organiser of the Film Studies Space at UCL where she leads the Autopsies Research Group (www.autopsiesgroup.com), a research project concerned with the filmic afterlife of the objects of modernity.