Dr Ben Tyrer


NameDr Ben Tyrer
Job titleLecturer in Film Theory
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Film
Email addressB.Tyrer@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9204-0098
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Ben is an academic and author interested in the intersections of film, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

Ben joined Middlesex University in 2018, having previously worked at King's College London, University of York, and University of Exeter.

Teaching

Ben teaches on the BA Film programme at Middlesex. His teaching interests include:

Audio-visual storytelling

World cinema history

Screen praxis and political praxis

Constructions of race, class and gender/sexuality on screen

Modules taught:

FLM1110 Story and Aesthetics

FLM2110 Screen and World

FLM3110 Advanced Idea Development

FLM1200 Screen Aesthetics

FLM3001 Film Ideology and Aesthetics

Employment

Lecturer in Film Theory
Middlesex University
17 Sept 2018

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

External activities

Research outputs

(Don't) look back: three Portraits of a Lady on Fire

Tyrer, B. 2025. (Don't) look back: three Portraits of a Lady on Fire. Film-Philosophy.

Film-Philosophy, volume 28 issue 3: Catherine Malabou, plasticity and film

Tyrer, B. and Dalton, B. (ed.) 2024. Film-Philosophy, volume 28 issue 3: Catherine Malabou, plasticity and film. Edinburgh University Press.

Introduction: Catherine Malabou, plasticity and film

Tyrer, B. and Dalton, B. 2024. Introduction: Catherine Malabou, plasticity and film. Film-Philosophy. 28 (3).

That obscure object of ontology: Lacan, La femme, lathouse and Her

Tyrer, B. 2023. That obscure object of ontology: Lacan, La femme, lathouse and Her. in: Bartelmus, M. and Danebrock, F. (ed.) Therapie der Dinge? Materialität und Psychoanalyse in Literatur, Film und bildender Kunst Transcript Verlag. pp. 235-247

The shudder-image: psyche-soma, sex and knowledge in Hannibal

Tyrer, B. 2022. The shudder-image: psyche-soma, sex and knowledge in Hannibal. Screen. 63 (4), pp. 464-494. https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjac039

Do Filminds Dream of Celluloid Sheep? Lacan, Filmosophy and Blade Runner 2049

Tyrer, B. 2021. Do Filminds Dream of Celluloid Sheep? Lacan, Filmosophy and Blade Runner 2049. in: Lacanian Perspectives on Blade Runner 2049 Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 13-39

‘Becoming Hannibal’: Identification and transformation in queer horror television

Tyrer, B. 2020. ‘Becoming Hannibal’: Identification and transformation in queer horror television. in: Elliott-Smith, D. and Browning, J.E. (ed.) New Queer Horror Film and Television University of Wales Press.

Under Her Skin: on woman without body and body without Woman

Tyrer, B. 2019. Under Her Skin: on woman without body and body without Woman. in: Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. (ed.) Femininity and Psychoanalysis: Cinema, Culture, Theory Routledge. pp. 138-159

Femininity and psychoanalysis: Cinema, culture, theory

Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. (ed.) 2019. Femininity and psychoanalysis: Cinema, culture, theory. Routledge.

The reality of fantasy: VFX as fantasmatic supplement in game of thrones (2011-)

Tyrer, B. 2018. The reality of fantasy: VFX as fantasmatic supplement in game of thrones (2011-). in: Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres Routledge. pp. 91-106

This tongue is not my own: Dogtooth, phobia and the paternal metaphor

Tyrer, B. 2017. This tongue is not my own: Dogtooth, phobia and the paternal metaphor. in: Kazakopoulou, T. and Fotiou, M. (ed.) Contemporary Greek Film Cultures from 1990 to the Present Peter Lang. pp. 101-129

Out of the past: Lacan and film noir

Tyrer, B. 2016. Out of the past: Lacan and film noir. Cham Palgrave Macmillan.

Trauma without a subject: On Malabou, psychoanalysis and Amour

Tyrer, B. 2016. Trauma without a subject: On Malabou, psychoanalysis and Amour. in: Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. (ed.) Psychoanalysis and the Unrepresentable: From Culture to the Clinic Routledge. pp. 20-38

Psychoanalysis and the unrepresentable: From culture to the clinic

Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. (ed.) 2016. Psychoanalysis and the unrepresentable: From culture to the clinic. Routledge.

Mark Osteen, Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, $34.95). Pp. 336. ISBN 978 1 4214 0780 7 [Book review]

Tyrer, B. 2015. Mark Osteen, Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, $34.95). Pp. 336. ISBN 978 1 4214 0780 7 [Book review]. Journal of American Studies. 49 (4), pp. 934-935. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0021875815001528

An atheist's guide to feminine jouissance: On Black Swan and the other satisfaction

Tyrer, B. 2014. An atheist's guide to feminine jouissance: On Black Swan and the other satisfaction. in: Piotrowska, A. (ed.) Embodied Encounters: New Approaches to Cinema and Psychoanalysis Routledge. pp. 131-146

Film Noir as Point de Capiton: Double indemnity, structure and temporality

Tyrer, B. 2013. Film Noir as Point de Capiton: Double indemnity, structure and temporality. Film-Philosophy. 17 (1), pp. 96-114. https://doi.org/10.3366/film.2013.0006

Film Noir doesn't exist: A Lacanian topology

Tyrer, B. 2013. Film Noir doesn't exist: A Lacanian topology. in: Henderson, D. (ed.) Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 127-143

Digression and return: Aesthetics and politics in Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)

Tyrer, B. 2009. Digression and return: Aesthetics and politics in Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000). Studies in French Cinema. 9 (2), pp. 161-176. https://doi.org/10.1386/sfc.9.2.161_1

Introduction: into the past/out of the past

Tyrer, B. 2016. Introduction: into the past/out of the past. in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-28

Film noir as point de capiton: retroactive temporality and symbolic structure

Tyrer, B. 2016. Film noir as point de capiton: retroactive temporality and symbolic structure. in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 31-76

Film noir doesn’t exist: impossibility, definition and the point of failure

Tyrer, B. 2016. Film noir doesn’t exist: impossibility, definition and the point of failure. in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 91-140

First interlude: a contingent irruption

Tyrer, B. 2016. First interlude: a contingent irruption. in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 79-90

The boundaries and meaning of noir: suture, metaphor and the historical imaginary

Tyrer, B. 2016. The boundaries and meaning of noir: suture, metaphor and the historical imaginary. in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 143-193

Second interlude: a knotting (SRI)

Tyrer, B. 2016. Second interlude: a knotting (SRI). in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 197-208

The idea of noir: fiction, signifier, genre

Tyrer, B. 2016. The idea of noir: fiction, signifier, genre. in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 209-251

The moment of concluding

Tyrer, B. 2016. The moment of concluding. in: Out of the past: Lacan and film noir Cham Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 253-267

Introduction

Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. 2019. Introduction. in: Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. (ed.) Femininity and Psychoanalysis: Cinema, Culture, Theory Routledge. pp. 1-7

Introduction: Representing the unrepresentable

Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. 2016. Introduction: Representing the unrepresentable. in: Piotrowska, A. and Tyrer, B. (ed.) Psychoanalysis and the Unrepresentable: From Culture to the Clinic Routledge. pp. 1-4
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