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James Cahill

Associate Professor

Primary Office:

Innis College 323
Telephone: 416-978-6883




James Leo Cahill, “Forgetting Lesson: Jean Painlevé’s Gay Science,” Journal of Visual Studies 12.2, special issue on Science and Documentary, eds. Oliver Gaycken and Joshua Matlinski (forthcoming, August 2012): pp tbd; and Ecce 3 (forthcoming in Japanese translation): pp tbd.

James Leo Cahill, “Hors d’œuvre / Science, the short-film, and the Perception of Life,Framework 52.1-2, special issue Things Fall Apart: Peter Whitehead, eds. Paul Cronin and Drake Stutesman (Summer 2011): 66-82.

James Leo Cahill, “How It Feels To Be Run Over: Early Film Accidents,” Discourse, 30.3, special issue on “Cinema and Accident” (Fall 2008): 289-316. (Appeared in 2009)

René Bruckner, James Leo Cahill, and Greg Siegel, “Introduction: Cinema and Accident,” Discourse, 30.3, special issue on “Cinema and Accident” (Fall 2008): 279-88. (Appeared in 2009)

James Leo Cahill, “Anacinema: Peter Tscherkassky’s Cinematic Breakdowns (Towards the Unspeakable Film),” Spectator, 28.2 (Fall 2008): 90-101.

James Leo Cahill, “… and afterwards? Martin Arnold’s Phantom Cinema,” Spectator 27, special issue on “Deaths of Cinema” (Supplement: Summer 2007): 19-25.

Books and/or Chapters

James Leo Cahill, “Substance Abuse, or, on the essence of cinema,” in The Prisoner’s Cinema, ed. Melvin Moti (Rotterdam: Artist’s Book, 2008), 4-35.

James Leo Cahill, “The Cineseizure,” in Martin Arnold: The Cineseizure (Vienna: Index; Paris: Re/Voir, 2006), 2-10. Distributed with the DVD Martin Arnold: The Cineseizure.

James Leo Cahill, “Between the Archive and Image-Repertoire: Amateur Commercial Still Life Photography on eBay” in Reading eBay: Culture, Consumption and Collecting Online, ed. Ken Hillis and Michael Petit with Nathan Epley (New York: Routledge, 2006), 185-200.

Non-refereed publications

James Leo Cahill, “DVD Reviews: Science is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painlevé and Michael Pilz: Facts for Fiction,” Film International, vol. 8, no. 1 (2010): 67-69.

James Leo Cahill, “Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film by Jeffrey Skoller,” Octopus, 2 (2006): 71-74.

James Leo Cahill and Rachel Leah Thompson, “The Insurgency of Objects: A Conversation with Fred Moten” Octopus, vol. 1 (2005): 45-66.


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Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.


Estimant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue électronique Arborescences veut offrir un espace de réflexion sur des questions d’importance en études françaises, relevant aussi bien de la didactique que de la lit

History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)