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Dr Felicity Gee

Senior Lecturer


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Felicity Gee is Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema. She has published widely on surrealist literature and film, avant-garde fiilm, and affect theory. She is the author of Magic Realism, World Cinema, and the Avant-Garde (Routledge 2021), which examines the critical inception of magic realism in painting, photography and literature, and its practical application in film. Her research spans modernism, surrealism, critical women's writing, and philosophy. She is currently editing a collection of critical essays on surrealist poet Valentine Penrose, and researching her second monograph, which features the work of Anais Nin, Violette Leduc, Valentine Penrose, Kati Horna, Tina Modotti, and Yayoi Kusama. 

She has taught at both undergraduate and post-graduate level in Japan and the U.K., and currently teaches courses on modernist literature, critical theory, film and material culture, as well as courses on film-philosophy and world literature. Felicity is currently the President of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism (ISSS). 

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Felicity's main research interests are in critical theory, literary and cinematic modernism, surealism, and the modernist avant-garde. Her current research focuses on the collaoborative and intermedial work of women artists and writers of the modernist avant-garde. She is currently conducting research on the surrealist artist and writer Valentine Penrose, and on war, mental health, and activism in the work of six women artists. She is interested in formal revolutionary practice, and the differences between radical praxis and activism. 

Felicity also works on the writings of cultural historian Fredric Jameson; on affect in visual and literary cultures; and also maintains her interest in Japanese cinema, especially pertaining to the 1960s and 1970s. 

Her monograph Magic Realism, World Cinema and the Avant-Garde was published by Routledge in 2021., A substantial chapter is based on research connecting Alejo Carpentier and film, which was made possible by a 2016-2017 British Academy grant that allowed her to access the Alejo Carpentier archives in Havana, Cuba. 

She has published on Luis Buñuel, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kobo Abe, and Vera Chytilová, and has articles forthcoming on Angela Carter, René Magritte, Raúl Ruiz, Tristan Tzara and Jean Cocteau. 

Her next book is an edited collection entitled Valentine Penrose: Artist, Surrealist, Poet, Voyager, for the Transnational Surrealism series at Bloomsbury. 


Research collaborations

Felicity is currently working with the National Galleries of Scotland on her project Valentine Penrose: Surrealist, Artist, Poet, Voyager, and the potential for its expansion. 

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I would be happy to consider supervising research students in the following areas:

  • Modernist and Avant-Garde Film
  • Women and Literary Modernism - Jean Rhys, Violette Leduc, Valentine Penrose, Anaïs Nin, Leonora Carrington, Gertrude Stein.
  • Surrealism
  • Magic(al) Realism
  • Film Philosophy - Phenomenology; Affect Theory; Cinema and Landscape
  • Critical women's writing, autotheory, and activism.
  • Japanese Modernism
  • Fredric Jameson
  • Expanded cinema, art film in the gallery space

​Please do feel free to contact me with any enquires.

Research students

Research Students (Current)

Lindsay Oldham, 'Beyond the binary of reality and imagination: using magical realism to depict the trauma of mettal illness in fiction' (SWW DTP PhD in Creative Writing, supervised with Dr Nathan Filer, Bath Spa)

Umutima Tunezerwe, ''Conjuring Blakcliving: Indigiliving, Queercrip and Neuroqueer-breathed Cosmologies and Cosmogonies After Decolonization: After Abolition' (PhD English and Creative Writing) (First Supervisor)

Irene Gomez-Emillson 'Cinematography and Landscape: Icelandic Cinema and the Moving Image' ' (Phd by Practice - Exeter-London Film School Doctoral Partnership) (First Supervisor)

Julio Molica, 'Opaque Negotiations: A practice-based enquiry into the impact of fictional interventions on the representation of marginalised communities in hybrid documentaries' ' (Phd by Practice - Exeter-London Film School Doctoral Partnership)  (First Supervisor)

Maria Anastassiou, 'Analogue Encounters - Analogous Displacements: 16mm documentary filmmaking, auto-ethnography and spcoal art' (PhD by Practice - Exeter- London Film School Doctoral Partnership). (First Supervisor)

Research Students (Completed)

Clara Kraft  'Filmmaking as a Critical Architectural Research Method' ’(Phd by Practice - Exeter-London Film School Doctoral Partnership) (First Supervisor)

Ryan Gardener 'Mountain Upon Mountain: Confronting Han in Post-1987 South Korean Cinema' (SWW DTP) (Co-Supervisor with Prof Tim Bergfelder, Univesity of Southampton. 

Elisa Cepedel 'Cinema of Resitance: Realist Construction in Euroepean Film' (Phd by Practice - Exeter-London Film School Doctoral Partnership) (Second Supervisor)

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  • Kraft C. (2023) The Spaces of the Film Body, The Architectural Essay Film as Feminist Spatial Practice.
  • Gee F. (2023) Social Critique in the Japanese Post-War Surrealist Novel, N/A, volume A History of the Surrealist Novel, pages 313-329, DOI:10.1017/9781009082648.023.
  • Gee F. (2023) Art-Historical Magic Realism and Rushdie’s Twenty-First-Century Politics, Salman Rushdie in Context, Cambridge University Press. [PDF]


  • Gee F. (2021) Cinema: Notes on Germaine Dulac's "Integral Cinema", Form and Spirit, EDINBURGH COMPANION TO MODERNISM AND TECHNOLOGY.
  • Gee F. (2021) Magic Realism, World Cinema, and the Avant-Garde, Routledge.
  • Gee F. (2021) Mobile surrealism: Leonora Carrington’s cinematic adventures in Mexico, Surrealism and Film after 1945: Absolutely Modern Mysteries, Manchester University Press.


  • Cepedal E. (2020) Cinema of Resistance: Manifesto for a Minor Cinema to Come.
  • Gee F. (2020) 'The dung-beetle's snowball': the philosophic narcissism of Claude Cahun's essay-poetry, Surrealist Women's Writing: A Critical Exploration, Manchester University Press.


  • Gee FC. (2019) If These Walls Could Talk: Leonora Carrington’s Psycho-Spatial Rooms, Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies, Vernon Press.




  • Gee FC. (2016) The Auteur Affect: "Forces of Encounter" between Shakespeare and Kurosawa in The Bad Sleep Well, Shakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship, volume 34:3, pages 413-432.



  • Gee F, Stone R, Gutiérrez‐Albilla JD. (2013) Surrealist Legacies, A Companion to Luis Buñuel, 572-589, DOI:10.1002/9781118324882.ch29.
  • Gee FC. (2013) Surrealist Legacies: The Influence of Luis Buñuel's “Irrationality” on Hiroshi Teshigahara's “Documentary-fantasy”, A Companion to Luis Buñuel, John Wiley & Sons, 555-572.

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External impact and engagement

Felicity runs the Screentalks programme in partnership with Exeter Picturehouse, a programme originally conceived by Dr Helen Hanson. Screentalks unites researchers with audiences in our local 'art house' cinema via a range of carefully curated talks. Screentalks also runs a blog, which invites contributions from the public and from students and staff in the form of film reviews -

Felicity has moderated and hosted talks and Q&As for Raindance Film Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Close-Up Cinema, London, Exeter Phoenix, and most recently contributed to a study day on Magical Realism at the University of Oxford. 

Contribution to discipline

Felicity is currently the elected President of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism. 

She is on the editorial board for ISJ - the International Journal of Surrealism (Minnesota Press) and MAI Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture. 

She is an active member of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).


Felicity appeared on Sky Arts culture programme Unmuted in December, 2020. She was interviewed on the art historical beginnings of magic realism for a special programme on the mode of magic realism. She was most recently interviewed as part of a panel responding to the topic of 100 Years of Surrealism for a history podcast with Patrick Geoghegan.

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Felicity completed a BA (Hons) in English Literatura and an MA in Film Studies at Southampton University before moving to Osaka, Japan, where she taught at Momoyama Daigaku and Osaka Keisai Daigaku. While in Japan, she also instigated and ran a city-based film studies programme for adults, with the aim of widening accessibility to independent and art cinemas, and engaging a range of public audiences. 

Upon returning from Japan, Felicity completed a Ph.D in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, funded by the university, which she completed early in 2013. Her thesis was enitled 'The Critical Roots of Cinematic Magic Realism: Franz Roh; Alejo Carpentier; Fredric Jameson'. 

Felicity's work on the modernist avant-garde is fiercely interdisciplinary and focuses on world networks and queer and feminist intersections between literature, art history, and film. 

Felicity joined the English and Creative Writing Department at Exeter in 2013. 

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