Erin Harrington

LecturerErin Harrington

Karl Popper 608
Internal Phone: 94403


Research Interests

My research focuses on cultural studies, popular culture, and visual culture, especially film. My core research deals with post-1960s horror cinema. I am particularly interested in philosophical, aesthetic and theoretical approaches to horror, as well as feminist and queer philosophies of space, subjectivity and embodiment. My book "Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror", was published by Routledge as part of their Film Philosophy on the Margins series. Upcoming work looks at Kiwi horror, women-directed horror anthologies, houses in Evil Dead II, and digital histories in art. I particularly welcome requests for postgraduate supervision in these areas.

I am broadly interested in wide range of approaches to culture, especially the 'everyday', including digital culture, spectatorship, science and technology, the relationship between bodies and space, issues of taste and consumption, camp and queerness, and so-called 'low' culture.

I am also active in the arts community. I am a prolific arts and cultural critic, I create and participate in performance work, and I appear regularly as a panellist, speaker and adjudicator. I am very happy to be contacted about school / outreach visits or speaking engagements.

My teaching centres on cultural studies and cultural politics, critical theory, film, television, popular culture, digital culture, gender and sexuality, and theatre. I currently teach into: ENGL103 The Outsider; ENGL132 Reading Culture; ENGL213 Childrens' Classics: Popular Children's Texts and their Representation on Film; ENGL232 Cultural Politics / Cultural Activism; and ENGL332 Sexualities in Culture.

I have previously taught courses on horror cinema, sex and sexuality in cinema, independent media, drama, and creative writing.

Recent Publications

  • Harrington E. (2017) Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror. Routledge. vii+287.
  • Harrington E. (2020) Horror on Home D: gender, humour, and horror in Housebound. In Erwin E; Hofmann G (Ed.), Body Count 6 ½: Case Studies in Horror-ComedyLehigh University Press.
  • Harrington E. (2020) Slicing Up the Boys’ Club: The Female-led Horror Anthology Film. In Perise A (Ed.), Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, GenreRutgers University Press.
  • Harrington EJ. (2019) Macduff vs. Army of Darkness. In Riekki R; Sartain J (Ed.), The Many Lives of the Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise: 182-187. Jefferson: McFarland and Company, Inc..
  • Harrington E. (2018) The Casketeers and prime-time tangihanga. In Johnson E (Ed.), Death and Dying In New Zealand: 119-127.Freerange Press.