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Dr Ted Nannicelli
Dr Ted Nannicelli

PhD (University of Kent)

Lecturer in Film and Television Studies

Phone: (+61 7)  3365 54748


I am originally from the United States--I grew up watching the Red Sox in suburban Boston and did a B.A. in English and Film Studies at Emory University in Atlanta--but have lived elsewhere for most of my adult life. After completing my undergraduate degree, I served for two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Cabo Verde before returning to academia. I received my M.F.A. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University (USA) and my Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Kent (UK). Before coming to UQ, I lectured for three years at the University of Waikato (Aotearoa/New Zealand).

Research and Teaching Focus


  • Aesthetics of film and television
  • Philosophy of film, television and other visual arts
  • History and theory of screenwriting
  • American film and television
  • Comedy and satire
  • Non-narrative film

Selected Publications


  • Cognitive Media Theory (AFI Film Readers Series). Co-edited with Paul Taberham. New York and London: Routledge, 2014.
  • A Philosophy of the Screenplay. New York and London: Routledge, 2013.

Book chapters

  • "The Screenplay." In The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature, ed. Noel Carroll and John Gibson. New York and London: Routledge, forthcoming 2014.
  • "Introduction: Contemporary Cogntive Media Theory." Co-authored with Paul Taberham. In Cognitive Media Theory, 1-32.
  • "It's All Connected: Televisual Narrative Complexity." In The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television, ed. Tiffany Potter and C.W. Marshall, 190-202. London: Continuum, 2009.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • "Moderate Comic Immoralism and the Genetic Approach to the Ethical Criticism of Art." Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (forthcoming).
  • "The Ontology and Literary Status of the Screenplay: The Case of 'Scriptfic.'" Journal of Literary Theory 13, no. 1-2 (November 2013): 135-153.
  • "Ontology, Intentionality, and Television Aesthetics." Screen 53, no. 2 (2012): 164-179.
  • "Why Can't Screenplays Be Artworks?" Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69, no. 4 (Fall 2011): 405-414.
  • "Instructions and Artworks: Musical Scores, Theatrical Scripts, Architectural Plans, and Screenplays." British Journal of Aesthetics 51, no. 4 (October 2011): 399-414.
  • "The Early Screenwriting Practice of Ernest Lehman." Journal of Screenwriting 1, no.2 (May 2010): 237-253.
  • "Luis Buñuel's Land Without Bread: The Critics and the Contexts." Studies in Documentary Film 1, no. 2 (October 2007): 137-150.
  • "From Representation to Evocation: Tracing a Progression in Jean Rouch's Les magiciens de Wanzerbe, Les Maîtres fous, and Jaguar." Visual Anthropology 19, no. 2 (January-February 2006): 123-143.

Conference Presentations

  • “Playwriting…for the Screen: Intermedial Connections Between Early 20th Century Screenwriting and Playwriting in the U.S.” 8th Australian Media Traditions Conference. University of Queensland, 2013.
  • “Television Studies and the Nature of Evaluative Television Criticism.” University of Auckland Aesthetics Conference, 2013 (invited).
  • "Movies in the Mind's Eye?" Words and Images: 5th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference. Macquarie University, 2012.
  • "Movies in the Mind's Eye?" Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Annual Conference. Sarah Lawrence College and New York University, 2012.
  • “The Ethics of Transnational Collaboration in the Cinema of Pedro Costa. World Cinema Now. Monash University, 2011.
  • “Why Can’t Screenplays Be Artworks? Thoughts for Noël Carroll.” British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference. Heythrop College, University of London, 2010.
  • “Is a Functional Definition of the Screenplay Possible?” Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Annual Conference. University of Copenhagen, 2009.
  • “Fan Fiction and Virtual Screenplays.” Screenwriting Research Network Annual Conference. Helsinki University of Art and Design, 2009.
  • “The Two Faces of John Cassavetes’s Faces.” American Independent Cinema: Past, Present, and Future. Liverpool John Moores University, 2009.
  • “Are Screenplays Artworks?” European Network for Cinema Studies Annual Conference. Lund University, 2009.
  • “Are Screenplays Artworks?” Re-Thinking the Screenplay Annual Meeting. University of Leeds, 2008.
  • “Adaptation on Trial: The Case of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape.” Literature/Film Association Annual Conference. University of Kansas, 2007.
  • “Adaptation on Trial: The Case of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape.” Association for Adaptation Studies Annual Conference. Oglethorpe University, 2007.
  • “Just When We Thought We Were Out, They Pull Us Back In: Identifying with The Sopranos.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Baltimore, 2007.
  • "Luis Buñuel's Land Without Bread." Film and History League Conference. Dallas, 2006.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies, ed. Arthur Shimamura.  Forthcoming in Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind.
  • Review of Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us About Popular Culture by Lisa Zunshine.  Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind 7, no. 2 (Winter 2013): 132-137.
  • Review of The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, ed. Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga.  International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20, no. 5 (2012): 363-366.
  • Review of New Takes in Film-Philosophy, ed. Havi Carel and Greg Tuck.  Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 70, no. 3 (Summer 2012): 326-328.
  • Review of The Adventure of the Real by Paul Henley.  Studies in Documentary Film 6, no. 1 (May 2012): 112-114.
  • Review of Hollywood Incoherent by Todd Berliner.  British Journal of Aesthetics 52, no. 3 (July 2012): 317-320.