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School of Arts and Media

Pete Deakin

Lecturer in Film Studies


In 2012 I received my Screen Studies doctorate from the University of Manchester with a thesis examining representations of masculinity in crisis in fin de millennium Hollywood cinema. In a largely un-researched but ultimately epochal moment of cinematic, cultural and gender discourse, I have continued to research more broadly in the area of masculine identity and more specifically on the plurality of masculinities. This has led to a (forthcoming) monograph and numerous other rigorous academic papers and articles circumventing this key research interest. After undertaking teaching posts in Film at various universities including Nottingham Trent University, Liverpool Hope University and the University of Manchester, I took up a full-time teaching position at Salford in 2017.


I teach modules focusing on Film History, Classical Hollywood Cinema, British Cinema and more recently I have developed a Third Year (Level 6) module on ‘Hollywood Masculinities’.

Research Interests

Film Gender, sexuality and identity politics Race (theory) Film and Philosophy


‘Men in Crisis: Christopher Nolan and Performing Masculinity’. In: The Cinema of Christopher Nolan, eds. Jackie Furby and Stuart Joy. Columbia University Press, 2015. ‘“I Simply Am Not There”: American Psycho, the turn of the millennium and the yuppie as the killer as of the Real’. In: The Lives and Deaths of the Yuppie on the American Screen. Film International. Vol. 14. No. 3&4, 2016. Hooray for Hollywood! A Cultural Encylopedia of America’s Dream Factory, eds. Batchelor, B., Jones, N. and Turner K. Greenwood Press, 2017 [SIX ENTRIES]. ‘The Dark Zinnemann’ (forthcoming) ‘Homonormativity and Queer Horror Cinema’ (forthcoming) Masculinity in Crisis in Hollywood's fin de millennium Cinema. Lexington: Maryland [MONOGRAPH] (forthcoming)