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Dr. Troy Michael Bordun

Instructor, Art History

Website(s): Academia

Troy Michael Bordun is a contract instructor in Art History at Concordia University, English at Bishop’s University, and Sociology and Cultural Studies at TrentUniversity. Bordun’s work on art cinema includes Genre Trouble and ExtremeCinema: Film Theory at the Fringes of Contemporary Art Cinema (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), forthcoming chapters in Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Celebrity and ReFocus: The Films of Carlos Reygadas, and a forthcoming article in Mise-en-scène. His recent work on online pornography has been published in Celebrity Studies and Porn Studies.

Teaching activities

Courses taught at Concordia

Fall 2019
ARTH 384 Theories of Representation

Summer 2019
ARTH 398 Art and Society

Fall 2018
COMS 425 Advanced Seminar in Cultural Studies
SOCI 475 Men and Masculinities

Winter 2018
COMS 415 Advanced Topics in the Photographic Image



In preparation and forthcoming

2019    “BDSM, High-finance, and Romance: GenericCrossroads and the Fifty Shades Trilogy,” #TimesUp: Exploring RapeCulture in Hollywood Film, ed. Lisa Funnell

2019    Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema: Cyborgs,Troopers and Other Men of the Future, Marianne Kac-Vergne [invited book review], Science Fiction Studies [revising for publication]

2018    Understanding Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, ed. James Fenwick [invited book review], Science Fiction Studies [forthcoming]

2018    “In Defense of Love: Tsai Ming-liang’s TheHole and The Wayward Cloud,” Mise-en-scène 4.2 [forthcoming]

2018    “TouchingFilms: Carlos Reygadas, Melodrama, and Haptic Visuality,” ReFocus: The Films of Carlos Reygadas, ed. Silvia Álvarez-Olarra, University of Edinburgh Press [forthcoming]

2017    “On the off-screen voice: falling in love with Her,” Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Celebrity, eds. Janice Loreck, Whitney Monaghan, andKirsten Stevens, Palgrave Macmillan [forthcoming]



2017    Genre Trouble and Extreme Cinema: FilmTheory at the Fringes of Contemporary Art Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 978-3-319-65893-3



2019    “‘We live in the past with Kari:’ Memory, Fandom, and Online Porn,” Celebrity Studies, 27 May: 1-16

2018    “‘ONE DOLLAR GETS YOU IN!’: historical resonance and online solo girls circa 2005,” Porn Studies, 13 June: 1-19

2016    “Death by Hanging Contra The Battle of Algiers by way of Rancière,”The Scattered Pelican 1.2: 5-20

2016    “Sex is Metaphysical: Catherine Breillat’s Pornographic Films,” Cine-Excess 2 [online]

2016    “On the Off-screen Voice: Sound and Vision in Spike Jonze’s Her,” CineAction 98: 57-64

2015    “SeeingHorror, Imagining the Horrible,” Off-screen19.9 [online]

2015    “Onscreen and Off-screen Flesh and Blood: Performance, Affect, and Ethics in Catherine Breillat’s Films,” Studies in EuropeanCinema 12.2: 132-43


Other publications

2018    “Bill and Betty and Olive: A 21st Century Melodrama” [Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, critical film review], Mise-en-scène 3.2: 46-52

2018    “AnEnd of an Era? Michael Haneke’s Happy End”[critical film review], Off-screen 22.3[online]

2016    “Porn in the Art Gallery: Collecting aGenre” [forum], Porn Studies 3.3:317-319

2016    “What becomes of Endings on Film? Elysium, Mad Max: Fury Road, Snowpiercer” [symposium], ScienceFiction Film and Television 9.1: 76-79

2015    “WhereHave the Good Old Naughty Days Gone? Curating an Exhibition of Moving-ImagePornography” [exhibition report], Synoptique 4.1: 138-150

2015    “Abuse of Weakness” [critical film review], CineAction 96: 36-38

2013    “Georges Bataille, Philosopher of Laughter”[conference proceedings], Good Laugh, Bad Laugh, Ugly Laugh, My Laugh, 15th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Comparative Literature and HispanicStudies, Western University, March 1-3,


Book Reviews

2018    “RevisitingPaul Schrader’s Transcendental Style inFilm,” Off-screen, Oct. 9[online]

2018    “An Alternative to Haptic Cinema: Philippe Grandrieux: Sonic Cinema, by Greg Hainge,” Senses of Cinema 87 [online]

2017     “‘Whose place is this?’: The Architecture of David Lynch, by Richard Martin,” Senses of Cinema 84 [online]

2017    “TheEnd of Extreme Cinema Studies” [invited review essay on Mattias Frey’s Extreme Cinema: The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today’s Art Film Culture (2016) and Aaron Kerner and Jonathan Knapp’s Extreme Cinema: Affective Strategies inTransnational Media (2016)], CanadianReview of Comparative Literature 44.1: 122-136

2016    “LostSouls: The Soul of Film Theory bySarah Cooper,” Senses of Cinema 78[online]

2016    “Film Programming: Curating for Theatres,Festivals, Archives [by Peter Bosma]” [web exclusive], Cineaste 41.2

2015    “Review:Douglas Keesey (2012) Contemporary EroticCinema,” Film-Philosophy 19: 105-07

2014    “Films for the Senses: Realism of the Senses inWorld Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality, by Tiago de Luca,” Senses of Cinema 73 [online]


Filmmaker Interviews

2018    “ThisGay Erotic Thriller Takes Toxic Masculinity to Task” [Drew Lint, M/M], Slutever, November 7

2018    “Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber discuss their debut Cam (2018),” Off-screen,November 11 [online]

2018    “Two new women-led films explore desire and gender” [Yoko Yamanaka, Amiko; Jenn Wexler, The Ranger], Slutever, August 24 [online]

2018     “Fantasia Film Festival Coverage: Interview with cast and crew of The Ranger (2018),” Off-screen, July 25 [online]

2018    “This film about camming tears down the sex industry’s red tape” [Mazzei and Goldhaber, Cam], Slutever, July 22 [online]

2018    “5Questions with Filmmaker and Pornographer Bruce LaBruce,” Slutever, June26 [online]        

2015    “Dylan Cree: Taking the serious comically,” ArthurNewspaper, October 7 [online]

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