Dr Theresa Cronin joined the Media Department at Middlesex University in 2007, and has since taught across a broad range of subjects in Media and Cultural Studies. Theresa completed her PhD, ‘Disciplining the Spectator: Subjectivity, the Body and Contemporary Spectatorship’ in 2011. This explored the spectator’s corporeal engagement with film. It examined the socially and historically constructed nature of spectatorship, the specific practices that work to create contemporary cinema’s corporeal address, and the regulatory implications of this address. Focusing on films such as Funny Games, Irréversible, Wolf Creek, and the genre of ‘torture porn’ more generally, it examines how the regulation of cinema in the contemporary era has become less a question of the institutionalised censorship of texts, and more a question of regulating the ‘self’ and establishing appropriate spectatorial relations. She also acts as Link Tutor for Media Programmes at Hong Kong University SPACE

 

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Research (Lancaster University)
  • MA in Visual Culture (Lancaster University)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Middlesex University)
  • PhD in Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Teaching across all levels of undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes in the Media Department, Dr Theresa Cronin currently acts as module leader for:

Media Discourses: a core level 4 course for all students on BA Advertising, PR and Media, BA Journalism and Media, BA Publishing and Media, and BA Media and Cultural Studies

Media Practices: a compulsory course for level 6 student on BA Media and Cultural Studies

Dissertation: supervising a broad range of undergraduate dissertations in BA Media and Cultural Studies

Working in Media and the Cultural Industries: a core module on the MA Media and Communications Management

She also looks forward to teaching Transgressive Cultures for level 6 students on BA Media and Cultural Studies from 2014

Expertise: film regulation, extreme cinema, the representation of sexual violence, media effects, film and gender, film cultures, audience and reception studies

Doctoral students are welcome in these and substantially related areas.

Research Publications

Historicizing the media effects debate

Cronin, Theresa (2014) Historicizing the media effects debate. In: The Routledge companion to British media history. Conboy, Martin and Steel, John , eds. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415537186 (In Press)

The monstrous masculine: constructions of masculinity in the discourses of extreme cinema

Cronin, Theresa (2011) The monstrous masculine: constructions of masculinity in the discourses of extreme cinema. In: The Monster Inside Us, The Monsters Around Us: Monstrosity and Humanity, November 2011, De Montford University . (Unpublished)

Media effects and the subjectification of film regulation.

Cronin, Theresa (2009) Media effects and the subjectification of film regulation. The Velvet Light Trap, 63 . pp. 3-21. ISSN 0149-1830

The limits of cinema: corporeal spectatorship and the desire for sensation.

Cronin, Theresa (2003) The limits of cinema: corporeal spectatorship and the desire for sensation. In: Multimedia Histories: from magic lantern to the Internet., 21-23 July 2003., Exeter University.. (Unpublished)

Fear of the dark: regulating the cinematic experience.

Cronin, Theresa (2007) Fear of the dark: regulating the cinematic experience. In: Perspectives on Power: an interdisciplinary QUB/Quest postgraduate conference., 2&3 March 2007., Queen's University, Belfast.. (Unpublished)

Reading Wolf Creek: normative social strategies in the reception of contemporary film.

Cronin, Theresa (2007) Reading Wolf Creek: normative social strategies in the reception of contemporary film. In: ‘Sharing Experience’: audiences in media, communication and cultural studies., 3-4 April 2007., Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.. (Unpublished)

Horrific subjects: transgression and alienation in Michael Haneke’s 'Funny Games' and Gaspar Noe’s 'Irreversible'.

Cronin, Theresa (2009) Horrific subjects: transgression and alienation in Michael Haneke’s 'Funny Games' and Gaspar Noe’s 'Irreversible'. In: The New Extremism: Contemporary European Cinema Conference., 24-25 April, 2009., Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.. (Unpublished)

Guilty pleasures: media effects and technologies of the self.

Cronin, Theresa (2009) Guilty pleasures: media effects and technologies of the self. In: The International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) Conference 2009: Social Fears and Moral Panics., 8-11 July 2009., Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth.. (Unpublished)

Disciplining the spectator: the subjectification of film regulation.

Cronin, Theresa (2009) Disciplining the spectator: the subjectification of film regulation. In: Screen Studies Conference 2009: Screen Theorizing Today., 3-5 July 2009., University of Glasgow, Scotland.. (Unpublished)

Fear of the dark: regulating the film experience.

Cronin, Theresa (2007) Fear of the dark: regulating the film experience. Quest (4).