Warren Buckland, Ph.D.
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(ed.), Hollywood Puzzle Films (Routledge, 2014)

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. Co-editor with Edward Branigan (Routledge, 2014)

Film Theory CoverFilm Theory: Rational Reconstructions (Routledge, 2012)

Special issue editor: "Wes Anderson and Co." New Review of Film and Television Studies (volume 10, number 1, March 2012)

Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies
(Routledge, 2009).

Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

Directed by Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Blockbuster
(Continuum, 2006). [242pp.]

Film Studies (Teach Yourself Books) second edition
(London: Hodder Headline/Chicago: Contemporary-McGraw-Hill, 2003) [205pp.]
Translated into Vietnamese and Japanese.

Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis
(co-written with Thomas Elsaesser) (London: Arnold Publishers; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002). [309pp.]

The Cognitive Semiotics of Film
(New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000). [185pp.]

(ed.) The Film Spectator: From Sign to Mind
Film Culture in Transition Series (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1995) [258pp.]


Research Papers/Review Essays

"The Craft of Independent Filmmaking: Editing in John Sayles' Return of the Secaucus Seven and Baby It's You"
A Companion to American Indie Film, edited by Geoff King (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017): 407-29.

"Creating a Cliffhanger: Narration in The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
A Companion to Steven Spielberg, edited by Nigel Morris (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017): 122-36.

"The Politics of Form: A Conceptual Introduction to 'Screen Theory'"
A Companion to Film and Politics, edited by Claire Molloy and Yannis Tzioumakis (Routledge, 2016): 51-61.

"Cognitive Semiotics Revisited: Reframing the Frame"
Embodied Cognition and Cinema, edited by Maarten Coëgnarts and Peter Kravanja (Leuven University Press, 2015): 295-308.

"Inception's Videogame Logic"
The Cinema of Christopher Nolan, edited by Jacqueline Furby and Stuart Joy (Wallflower Press, 2015): 189-200.

"Visual Rhetoric in Michel Gondry's Music Videos: Antithesis and Similarity in Beck's Deadweight" Empedocles: Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 5, 1-2 (2015): 49-57.

"Source Code's Videogame Logic"
Hollywood Puzzle Films, edited by Warren Buckland (Routledge, 2014): 185-97.

"The Life-Cycle of Slumdog Millionaire on the Web" (with Thomas Elsaesser)
The Slumdog Phenomenonedited by Ajay Gehlawat (Anthem Press, 2013): 179-199.

"Measuring Online Word-of-Mouth: The Initial Reception of Inland Empire on the Web"
American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and beyond edited by Yannis Tzioumakis, Geoff King, and Claire Molloy (Routledge, 2013): 224-237.

"The Acousmatic Voice and Metaleptic Narration in Inland Empire"
The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, edited by Carol Vernallis, John Richardson, and Amy Herzog (Oxford University Press, 2013): 236-49.

"Solipsistic Film Criticism"
New Review of Film and Television Studies, 10, 2 (2012): 288-98.

"Film as a Specific Signifying Practice"
Semiotica, 187, 1-4 (2011): 49-81.

"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).

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

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

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

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

"Box Office Figures and The Lord of the Rings"
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.

"The Death of the Camera"
New Review of Film and Television Studies, 4, 3 (2006): 311-330.

"Tales of Sound and Fury: A Rational Reconstruction"
Die Spur Durch den Spiegel: Der Film in der Kultur der Moderne, edited by Michael Wedel, Johann N. Schmidt, and Malte Hagener (Bertz Verlag, 2004): 387-95.

"Orientation in Film Space: A Cognitive Semiotic Approach"
Recherches en communication, no.19 (2003): 87-102.

"'A Sad, Bad Traffic Accident': The Televisual Prehistory of David Lynch's Film Mulholland Dr."
New Review of Film and Television Studies, volume 1, no. 1 (2003): 131-47.

"The Auteur in the Age of the Blockbuster: Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks"
The Movie Blockbuster, ed. J. Stringer (London: Routledge, 2003): 84-98. Conference paper 21.

"A New Cultural History of Film"
Semiotica 145, 1/4 (2003): 281-8.
A review essay discussing Anton Kaes' M.

"Promoting Deep Learning Through the Use of Effective Textbooks"
Cinema Journal 41, 1 (2001): 121-7
Conference paper 15.

"Narration and Focalisation in Wings of Desire"
CineAction, 56 (2001): 26-33.

"The Last Word on Filmic Enunciation?"
Semiotica 135, 1/4 (2001): 211-26
A review essay discussing Francesco Casetti's Inside the Gaze: The Fiction Film and its Spectator.

"A Response to Sellors's 'Mindless' Approach to Possible Worlds"
Screen 41, 2 (Summer 2001): 222-6

"Video Pleasure and Narrative Cinema: Luc Besson's The Fifth Element and Video Game Logic"
Moving Images, ed. J. Fullerton and A. Soderbergh (London: John Libbey, 2000): 159-164.
Conference paper 12.

"Forensic Semiotics,"
The Semiotic Review of Books, 10, 3 (September 1999): 9-12.
A review essay discussing Analysing for Authorship by Jill Farringdon.

"Film Semiotics,"
A Companion to Film Theory, ed. Toby Miller and Robert Stam (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999): 84-104.

"Between Science Fact and Science Fiction: Spielberg's Digital Dinosaurs, Possible Worlds, and the New Aesthetic Realism"
Screen 40, 2 (Summer 1999):177-192.
Conference paper 10.

"A Close Encounter with Raiders of the Lost Ark,"
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, ed. Steve Neale and Murray Smith (London: Routledge, 1998):166-177.
Conference paper 6.

"Traditions and Innovations in Film Theory,"
Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 16, 2 (1997): 207-219.
A review essay discussing R. Allen's Projecting Illusion and M. Smith's Engaging Characters.

"Delay of the Cinema Age,"
Semiotics of the Media, ed. Winfried Noth (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1997): 219-229.
Conference paper 5.

"The New Film Semiology,"
Semiotics Around the World: Synthesis in Diversity, ed. Irmengard Rauch (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1997): 599-602. Conference paper 4.

"Relevance and Cognition: Towards a Pragmatics of Unreliable Filmic Narration,"
Towards a Pragmatics of the Audio-Visual, Vol. 2: Theory and History, ed. Jürgen Müller (Munster: Nodus Publications, 1995): 55-66.
Conference paper 1.

"Michel Colin and the Psychological Reality of Film Semiology,"
Semiotica, 107, 1/2 (1995): 51-79.
Chapter 3 of my Ph.D. thesis.

"Towards a Tagmemic Analysis of Classical Narrative Film,"
Kodikas/Code, 17, 1-4 (1994): 169-180.
Conference paper 2.

"From System to Structure: The Film Semiology of Raymond Bellour,"
Essays in Poetics, 18, 2 (1993): 42-68.
Chapter 2 of my Ph.D. thesis.

"Fredric on Film Theory,"
New Formations, 16 (1992): 163-170.
A review essay discussing Fredric Jameson's anthology of film essays Signatures of the Visible.

"The Structural Linguistic Foundation of Film Semiology,"
Language and Communication, 11, 3 (1991): 197-216.
Chapter 1 of my Ph.D. thesis.

"Filmic Meaning: The Semantics-Pragmatics Interface,"
Kodikas/Code 14, 3/4 (1991): 261-279.
The Introduction to my Ph.D. thesis.

"Critique of Poor Reason,"
Screen, 30, 4 (1989): 80-103.
A review essay discussing Noël Carroll's book Mystifying Movies.


Dictionary Entries

Introduction and six entries in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (Branigan and Buckland, 2014): "Attraction"; "Auteur Theory"; "Contemporary Film Theory"; "Interface"; "Semiotics of Film"; "Structural/Materialist Film".

Entry "Film Theory,"
The International Encyclopedia of Communication. ed. Wolfgang Donsbach, volume 5. Blackwell, 2008, pp. 1839-1843.

Entry "Fritz Lang,"
Encyclopedia of European Cinema, ed. Ginette Vincendeau (London: Cassel, 1995): 254.

Entries "Juri Lotman," "New Film Semiotics," and "Screen Theory,"
The Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory, ed. Roberta Pearson and Philip Simpson (London: Routledge, 2000).


Web Only Publications

"The Practice of Filmic Interpretation,"
Film-Philosophy Electronic Salon, November 1998

"Black Cats, Dark Rooms, and Paper Tigers: A Reply to Petric and Grodal,"
Film-Philosophy Electronic Salon, April 2001

"Problem Formation in the Analytic Philosophy of Film"
Film-Philosophy Electronic Salon, August 2001

"The Artistry of Spielberg's Long Takes"
The Question Spielberg: A Symposium, Senses of Cinema 27, July-August 2003

"Cognitive Schemas and Virtual Reality" (with Alison McMahan)

"Bodies in Filmic Space: The Mise en Scène of 'Courtship Readiness' in The Big Sleep"
Senses of Cinema 66 (March 2013):

"Symptomatic reading in Althusser, Cahiers du cinéma, and Zizek"
Jump Cut No. 55, fall 2013:


Conference Papers

40. "The Impossible Storyworlds of Michel Gondry's Music Videos"
Watching Music Colloquium, Paris Philharmonic, December 2-3, 2016.

39. "Affective States of the New Sincerity: Inhabiting Wes Anderson's Storyworlds"
Cinepoetics Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, November 23-24, 2016.

38. "Inferential Criticism and Attempts to Overcome the Film Theory/Film Practice Opposition via Poetics."
Cinepoetics Lecture, Freie Universität Berlin, November 1, 2016.

37. "Symbolic Meanings in Filmic Discourse: From Syntagm/Paradigm to Embodied Cognition (by way of Metaphor/Metonymy)"
Cinepoetics Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, June 8-10, 2016.

36. "'Practical Ways of Thinking': Challenging the Film Theory/Film Practice Division"
Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Oxford, July 20-22, 2015.

35. "The Craft of Independent Filmmaking"
Independent States Conference, Institute for Creative Enterprise, Edge Hill
University, 4-5 September 2014.

34. "Source Code's Videogame Logic"
Keynote Speaker at the Film, Virtuality, and the Body conference at Rome
3 University, 26-28 November 2013.

33. "Cognitive Semiotics Revisited"
Opening address at the International Congress of the Colombian Association for Semiotic Studies, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogota, Colombia
September 16, 2013.

32. "Film Style and Aesthetics: Theories, Methods, Analysis" (5 lectures)
Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 15-18 April, 2013.

31. "Wes Anderson and the New Sincerity: Or, What Comes After Postmodernism?"
University of London (School of Advanced Study)
1 February, 2012.

30. "Rationally Reconstructing Film Theory." Practicisng Theory
ASCA conference
University of Amsterdam, March 2-4, 2011

29. "The Reception of Inland Empire on the Web"
Keynote speaker, American Independent Cinema: Past, Present and Future
Liverpool John Moores University, 9 May 2009.

28. "Puzzle Films"
Keynote Speaker, at the IV International Conference on Film Analysis
Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Toluca, Mexico, October 22-24, 2008.

27. "Stop Making Sense: Inland Empire and the Limits of Film Analysis"
Continuity and Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism
University of Reading, September 5-7, 2008.

26. "Non-Linear Narratives"
Symposium on European Cinema
University of Amsterdam, June 26-27, 2008.

25. "The Secular Magic of Steven Spielberg"
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2-5 March, 2006.

24. "Cognitive Schemas and Virtual Reality" (with Alison McMahan)
Virtual Reality International, an affiliated Conference of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
International Conference, Las Vegas, July 2005.

23. "The Genesis of Spielberg's Reputation: TV Work 1969-73"
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
CNN Omni Center, Atlanta, 4-7 March, 2004.

22. "Relevant Film Studies: Merging Film Studies and Film Production"
UFVA Conference
University of South Carolina, July 22-26, 2003

21. "The Brand Name Above the Title: Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks"
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Minneapolis, March 6-9, 2003

20. "Assessing the Electronic Film Studies Textbook"
Society for Cinema Studies Conference
Denver, May 23-26, 2002.

19. "The DNA of a Masterpiece: Perfecting The Man Who Knew Too Much"
The South West Texas PCA/ACA conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 13-17, 2002.

18. "Orientation in Fictional Spaces"
Problems of Representation in a Cognitive Theory of Film, the Third Biennial
Symposium of the Center for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image
University of Pécs, Hungary, 21-25 May 2001.

17. "The Ethics of Storytelling in the Cinema"
Screen Studies Conference
University of Glasgow, 30 June-2 July 2000.

16. "Textual Analysis with a Vengeance: The Statistical Style Analysis of Motion Pictures Using Computer Technology"
Style and Meaning: Textual Analysis, Interpretation, Mise-en-scène
University of Reading, March 17-19, 2000.

15. "Teaching Film Studies Through Textbooks"
The Society for Cinema Studies Conference
Chicago, March 9-12, 2000.

14. "The Resistance to Film Theory: On Not Interpreting Lost Highway"
Wild at Heart and Weird on Top: The Films of David Lynch
University of Sheffield, 13 February, 1999.

13. "No Strings Attached: Filmic Realism in the Digital Image"
Technologies of Moving Images
University of Stockholm, 6-9 December, 1998.

12. "Video Pleasure and Narrative Cinema: Luc Besson's The Fifth Element and Video Game Logic"
Consumption: Fantasy, Success, Desire
Liverpool John Moores University, 21-22 November, 1998.

11. (with Thomas Elsaesser) "The Ontology of the Digital Image: Hollywood Cinema in the Post-Photographic Age"
Hollywood and its Spectators: the Reception of American Films, 1895-1995
University College London, 12-14 February, 1998.

10. "Between Science Fact and Science Fiction: Spielberg's Digital Dinosaurs, Possible Worlds, and the New Aesthetic Realism"
Screen Studies Conference
University of Glasgow, June 1997.

9. "'Close Encounters of the Prehistoric Kind': Narrative and Narration in Jurassic Park"
Tender Bodies, Twisted Minds Workshop
University of Amsterdam, May 31-June 1, 1996.

8. "Reinventing Film Theory: Innovations in the Semiology of the Cinema"
The Society for Cinema Studies Conference
Dallas, Texas, March 7-10, 1996.

7. "The Conduct of Semiotic Inquiry into the Cinema"
Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium
The British Academy, London, 8 December, 1995.

6. "Why Steven Spielberg's Films are so Popular"
Hollywood Since the Fifties: A Post-classical Cinema?
University of Kent at Canterbury, July 5-7, 1995.

5. "The Delay of the Cinema Age"
Semiotics of the Media
University of Kassel, Germany, March 20-23, 1995.

4. "The New Film Semiology"
Fifth Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies
University of California, Berkeley, June 12-18, 1994.

3. "'Not What is Seen Through the Window but the Window Itself': Speaking of Filmic Enunciation"
Symposium "Hommage à Christian Metz"
University of Amsterdam, March 25, 1994.

2. "Towards a Tagmemic Analysis of Classical Narrative Film"
7th International Congress of the German Association for Semiotics
University of Tübingen, October 4-7, 1993.

1. "Towards a Pragmatics of Unreliable Filmic Narration"
Towards a Pragmatics of the Audio-Visual
University of Amsterdam, March 20-21, 1992.


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