Michael Starr lectures in Film and Screen Studies, English and Cultural Theory at the University of Northampton.
Michael Starr teaches across a range of modules in both the Film and Screen Studies and English departments, specialising in critical theory, science fiction film and contemporaneous issues surrounding transmedia. He also supervises both undergraduate dissertations and PhD students.
Starr's academic research is primarily concerned with science fiction and poststructural theory; to this end, his 2011 doctoral thesis explored the oeuvre of H.G. Wells in the light of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Current publications and research projects include book and journal chapters concerning the assemblage of self in the science fiction series Dollhouse, intertext and liminality in the meta-horror film The Cabin in the Woods, and philosophical conceptions of time travel narratives. He has recently co-organised international conferences at UON concerning both Vampires on television, and transdisciplinary approaches to the works of Alan Moore, and has edited a themed journal collection dedicated to the work of the latter. He also has various HEA-funded projects and conferences in progress, as well as on-going Phd student supervisions.
- Jowett, L., Abbott, S. and Starr, M. (2017) Introduction: Bloodlines: hunting the vampire through TV history. Horror Studies. 8(2), pp. 175-181. 2040-3275.
- Starr, M. (2017) Wells Meets Deleuze: The Scientific Romances Reconsidered. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. 9781476668352.
- Starr, M. (2016) “It’s the end of the World. It’s rather important really”: Accelerationist aesthetics of the Whedonverses. Paper presented to: 7th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (Euroslayage), Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, 07-10 July 2016.
- Starr, M. (2015) "I flung myself into futurity": H.G. Wells’s Deleuzian time machine. In: Jones, M. and Ormrod, J. (eds.) Time Travel in Popular Media: Essays on Film, Television, Literature and Video Games. North Carolina: McFarland. pp. 51-62.
- Starr, M. (2015) David Lynch's Blue Velvet: genre, surrealism and dreams. Invited Presentation presented to: Cult Film Club Screening, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton, 25 February 2015. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2015) Joss Whedon and poststructural pedagogy. Paper presented to: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) 2015 Annual Conference, New Orleans, 01-04 April 2015. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2015) “The stubborn beast-flesh grows day by day back again”: becoming-animal and H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau. Invited Presentation presented to: The Company of Wolves: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives - Werewolves, Shapeshifters and Feral Humans, University of Hertfordshire, 03-05 September 2015. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2014) "I always watch what I say. I am what I say”: Joss Whedon as Deleuzian “Minor Writer”. Paper presented to: 6th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses (SCW6), University of California, Sacramento, 19-22 June 2014. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2014) "I've watched you build yourself from scratch": the assemblage of Echo. In: Ginn, S., Buckman, A. R. and Porter, H. M. (eds.) Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 3-20.
- Starr, M. and Jowett, L. (2014) Shapeshifters and monster mashups. Invited Presentation presented to: Heroes and Monsters: Extra-ordinary Tales of Learning and Teaching in the Arts and Humanities, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, 02-04 June 2014. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2014) Whedon’s great glass elevator: space, liminality and intertext in The Cabin in the Woods. Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. 36(10), pp. 2-3. 1546-9212.
- Starr, M. (2012) The Bad guys always go where the power is: Sunnydale as Deleuzoguattarian Heterotopia. Paper presented to: Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 5 (SC5), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 12-15 July 2012. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2012) Whedon’s great glass elevator: space and intertextuality in The Cabin in the Woods. Invited Keynote presented to: After Buffy, University of London, 05 December 2012. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2011) Striating the stubborn beast-flesh: H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau and Deleuzoguattarian space. Invited Presentation presented to: School of The Arts Internal Seminar Series, University of Northampton, 08 December 2011. (Unpublished)
- Wiseman-Trowse, N. J. B., Starr, M., Murray, C. and Round, J. (2011) Editor. Studies in Comics: Alan Moore Themed Issue. 2(1) London: Intellect. 2040-3232.
- Starr, M. (2011) Untimely mutations: deterritorializing H.G. Wells's scientific romances. Doctoral thesis. The University of Northampton.
- Starr, M. (2010) Becoming Echo: deterritorializing Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Paper presented to: The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 4 (SC4), St Augustine, Florida, USA, 03-06 June 2010. (Unpublished)
- Starr, M. (2008) End of line: death and immortality in Battlestar Galactica. Paper presented to: It Has Happened Before It Will Happen Again: The Third Golden Age of Television Fiction, Point Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey, 08-10 October 2008. (Unpublished)