Professor of Literature and Media, Lancaster University

Kamilla Elliott grew up in the UK, moving to the US after A levels. She received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Theatre from the University of Colorado in 1980 and pursued postgraduate studies in film at Boston University from 1981-82. After working in elder care and health research, she returned to academia in 1989, earning an A.L.M. degree through Harvard's adult education programme in 1991. From there, she entered Harvard University, where she completed a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language in 1996. She taught Victorian studies and interdisciplinary literature/film studies at the University of California at Berkeley from 1996-2004. During that time she published research on literature and film, including Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate (Cambridge UP, 2003).

At Lancaster University, she has continued to write and speak on intermedial adaptation theory and practice and is currently writing a monograph entitled, Rethinking the Adaptation/Theorization Debate. Much of her recent research addresses intersections between British fiction and the rise of mass picture identification from the late eighteenth century to 1918. Her monograph, Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction: The Rise of Picture Identification, 1764-1835, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012. She is researching a sequel, British Victorian Fiction and the Rise of Picture Identification, 1836-1918.

Research Overview
My research interests lie in literature's relationship with other media, especially the visual arts and film. I am currently working on sequels to my two monographs: Rethinking the Adaptation/Theorization Debate follows on from Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate (Cambridge, 2003); Victorian Literature and the Rise of Picture Identification, 1836-1918 continues the research published in Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction: The Rise of Picture Identification, 1764-1835 (Johns Hopkins, 2012).

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Literature and Media, Lancaster University