Erin Harrington

Senior LecturerErin Harrington

Karl Popper 608
Internal Phone: 94403

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My core research deals with post-1960s horror cinema. I am most interested in philosophical, aesthetic and theoretical approaches to horror, as well as feminist and queer philosophies of space, subjectivity and embodiment. I particularly welcome requests for postgraduate supervision in these areas. My book "Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror", was published by Routledge as part of their Film Philosophy on the Margins series. My current research follows two tracks: an ongoing investigation into horror film / media in Aotearoa NZ, and a long-term project exploring diverse ways of considering bodies / spaces / ecologies / temporality in horror and related areas.

I am broadly interested in wide range of approaches to culture, especially the 'everyday', including digital culture, spectatorship, science and technology, 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 panelist, speaker and adjudicator. I am very happy to be contacted about school / outreach visits or speaking engagements. I am also proud to sit on the board of WORD Christchurch.

I currently teach into the following courses: ENGL103 The Outsider; ENGL132/CULT132 Reading Culture; ENGL213/CINE224 Childrens' Classics: Popular Children's Texts and their Representation on Film; CINE225 The Cinema of Contagion; ENGL232 Cultural Politics / Cultural Activism; and ENGL332/CULT303 Sexualities in Culture. I have previously taught courses on sex and sexuality in cinema, independent media, drama and dramaturgy, and creative writing.

Recent Publications

  • Harrington E. (2017) Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror. Routledge. vii+287.
  • Harrington E. (2021) 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.