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Dr Robert Geal

Dr Robert Geal

Lecturer in Film and Television Studies

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 3521
  • Location George Wallis Building, MK507
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts
  • Institute Wolverhampton School of Art
  • Areas of expertise

    Film adaptation, film theory

Robert Geal teaches numerous modules across film and television studies. He has published on subjects including authorial artifice in film adaptation, the historical development of adaptation studies and film theory, gender and sexuality in animation, and spectacle in science fiction

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association
  • Association of Adaptation Studies


  • PhD Film Studies: University of Wolverhampton, Writing Formations in Shakespearean Films (2017)
  • PGCE(M) Post-Compulsory Education: University of Wolverhampton (2015)
  • MA Film Studies: University of Wolverhampton (2008)
  • BA (Hons) Peace Studies: University of Bradford (2002)

2019a  Anamorphic Authorship in Canonical Film Adaptation: A Case Study of Shakespearean Films. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

2019b  Reflexive Epistemology in ‘Jaws’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ in Hunter, I.Q. and Melia, M. (eds.) The Jaws Book: New Perspectives. New York: Bloomsbury (forthcoming). 

2018a Animated Images and Animated Objects: Reflexively and Intertextually Transgressive Mimesis in the ‘Toy Story’ franchise. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 13(1), pp.69-84. 

2018b Dialogism’s Radical Texts, and the Death of the Radical Vanguard Critic in Cutchins, ‎D., Krebs, K. and Voigts,E. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Adaptation. London: Routledge, pp.80-86. 

2018c The End of Racism and the Last Ideology: ‘The Cosby Show’’s Fukuyaman Neo-Liberal Children' in Schober, A. and Olson, D. (eds.) Children in American Television: A Changing Landscape. London: Routledge, pp.161-180 (forthcoming). 

2017a Anomalous Foreknowledge and Cognitive Impenetrability in ‘Gnomeo and Juliet'. Adaptation. 

2017b ‘Frozen’, Homosexuality, and Masochism. Film International, 14(2), pp.99-111. 

2017c Psychoanalytic and Cognitivist Dramas in Contemporary Science Fiction Films. Messengers from the Stars, 2, pp.46-60. 

2015 ‘Theory is Always for Someone and for Some Purpose’: Thinking Through Post-Structuralism and Cognitivism. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 13(3), pp.261-274. 

2014 Suturing the Action to the Word: Shakespearean Enunciation and Cinema’s “Reality-Effect” in ‘Shakespeare in Love’and ‘Anonymous’. Literature/Film Quarterly, 42(2), pp.438-450.

Confrence Paperes Presented

February 2018       Gothic, Ghastly, Corporeal and Creaturely: Tim Burton's Curious Bodies, Tim Burton’s Benevolently Monstrous Frankensteins, University of Wolverhampton, UK. 

September 2017     12th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, Returning to Verona: Anomalous Foreknowledge in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Films, De Montfort University, UK. 

December 2016      30 years of Pixar Animation Studios Symposium, Animated Images and Animated Objects in the ‘Toy Story’ Franchise, King’s College London, UK. 

September 2015     10th Annual Association of Adaptations Studies Conference, From Barthesian and Bakhtinian to Benvenistene Authorship, University of London, UK. 

June 2015              Jaws 40th Anniversary Symposium, ‘Jaws’, Epistemology and Adaptation, De Montford University, UK. 

April 2013             Adventures in Textuality: Adaptation Studies in the 21st Century Conference, Suturing the Action to the Word: Shakespearean Enunciation and Cinema’s “Reality-Effect” in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘Anonymous’, University of Sunderland, UK. 

September 2012     Deviance Symposium, Adaptation as the Disavowal of Cinematic Enunciation, University of Wolverhampton, UK.


Confrence Organisation

February 2018       Gothic, Ghastly, Corporeal and Creaturely: Tim Burton's Curious Bodies, University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Invited Speaker

January 2018         Film Futures Development Day, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, UK.


 Art Exhibitions Curated

“Holding the mirror up to nature”: Old Masters and Early Modern visual culture. Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK, March-April 2014.