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Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and American Studies

Fran Mason is a Senior Lecturer who completed a PhD in Postmodernist American Literature at the University of Southampton and has continued to research and teach in the area of American Literature while also developing teaching and research in film studies. He teaches in both American Studies and Film Studies on modules that include 'American Crime Fiction', 'American Science Fiction', 'Film and the City', 'Film History' and 'Postmodernist Culture'.

Areas of expertise

  • ???Detective, Assassin and Gangster films
  • Postmodernist Literature
  • Cyberpunk and science-fiction
  • Cyberculture and new technologies?



  • Mason, F., The Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater, second edition (Scarecrow, forthcoming)
  • Mason, F., Hollywood's Detectives: Crime Series in the 1930s and 1940s from the Whodunnit to Hard-boiled Noir (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Mason, F., The Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater (Scarecrow, 2007)
  • Mason, F., American Gangster Cinema: From 'Scarface' to 'Pulp Fiction'. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)

Articles and Chapters

  • Mason, F., 'The Assassin's Economics of Killing: Money, Honour and the Market of Murder' in Larke-Walsh, G (ed.) A Companion to the Gangster Film (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming)
  • Mason, F., "The Godfather Trilogy." Oxford Bibliographies Online: Film Studies, edited by Krin Gabbard (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • Mason, F., 'The Galvanic 'Unhuman': Technology, the Living Dead and the 'Animal-Machine' in Literature and Culture' in Hubner, L., Leaning, M. and Manning, P. (eds.) The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • Mason, F., 'Gangster Films' Oxford University Online: Cinema and Media Studies, edited by Krin Gabbard (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Mason, F., 'Mind Control' in Knight, P., (ed.) Conspiracy Theories in American History (ABC-Clio, 2003)
    Mason, F., 'A Poor Person's Cognitive Mapping', in Knight, P. (ed.) Conspiracy Nation (New York University Press, 2001)
  • Mason, F., ' Mind Control and the Disappearing Individual', Clio's Psyche, 7: 3 (December 2000)
  • Mason, F, 'Just a Bunch of Stuff That Happened: Narrative Resistance in Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow'. Pynchon's Notes, 42/43 (2000)
  • Mason, F, 'Loving the Technological Undead: Cyborg Sex and Necrophilia in Richard Calder's Dead Trilogy', in Aaron, M (ed.), The Body's Perilous Pleasures (Edinburgh University Press, 1999)
  • Mason, F., 'Los Angeles', in Parrish, P. (ed.) The Reader's Guide to American History (Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997)
  • Mason, F., Nostalgia for the Future: The End of History and Postmodern 'pop' TV', The Journal of Popular Culture, 29:3 (1996)


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