Selected Publications

Book Proposals
Book Chapters, forthcoming
Book Chapters
Refereed Journal Articles
Encyclopedia Entries
Online Articles/Entries
Book Reviews


Russell Kilbourn and Eleanor Ty - The Memory Effect
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. and Eleanor Ty, ed. The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film (WLU Press, 2013).
Russell Kilbourn - Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema
Kilbourn, Russell J. A. Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema. (Routledge, 2010)

Book proposals:

‘Catastrophe with Spectator: W.G. Sebald’s Post-Redemptive Narrative’. Accepted for review, Northwestern University Press.

‘Paolo Sorrentino, Transnational Auteur’.

Book Chapters, forthcoming:

“The Immortal Thighs of Iñes Orsini: The Transcendence of Grace in Denis Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions”, in Accursed Films: Postsecular Cinema between The Tree of Life and Melancholia, eds. John Caruana and Mark Cauchi. SUNY Buffalo University Press, ‘Horizons of Cinema’ series. Fall 2017.

“Affect/Face/Close-up: Beyond the Affection-Image in Postsecular Cinema”, Posthumanism Through Deleuze, eds. Christine Daigle and Terrance MacDonald. Indiana University Press, Fall 2017.

“The ‘Fast Runner’ Trilogy, Inuit Cultural Memory and Knowledge (Re-) Production”. Indigenous Knowledges in North America. Eds. Kerstin Knopf and Birgit Dawes. Forthcoming in a special issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies /date TBA.

Book Chapters:

“When I swallow his heart and lungs, Jesus is pleased”: The Transmediation of Sacrifice in The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”. Cinema and Sacrifice. Ed. Costica Bradatan and Camil Ungureanu. London and New York: Routledge, 2016. 95-110. (reprint of Angelaki article, below).

“The Second Look, the Second Death: W.G. Sebald’s Orphic Adaptation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo” (expanded version). Hitchcock and Adaptation. Ed. Mark Osteen. New York: Scarecrow Press, 2014. Pp. 227-44.

“‘The Obligations of Memory’: Godard’s Underworld Journeys”. The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard. Eds. Christina Stojanova, Douglas Morrey, et al. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. Pp. 81-98.

“The Question of Genre in Sebald’s Prose (Towards a Post-Memorial Literature of Restitution)”. A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W.G. Sebald. Eds. Ben Hutchinson, Valerie Henitiuk, et al. Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2013. Pp. 247-64.

“Prosthetic Memory and Transnational Cinema: Globalized Identity and Narrative Recursivity in City of God”. Millennial Cinema: Representations of Memory in Film. Eds. Terence McSweeney and Amresh Sinha. New York: Wallflower Press, 2012.

“Re-writing Reality: Reading The Matrix.” Cultural Studies: An Anthology. Ed. Michael Ryan. Malden: Blackwell, 2008. 1034-1043. Reprinted from Canadian Journal of Film Studies 9: 2. (Autumn 2000): 43-54.

“Catastrophe with Spectator: Subjectivity, Intertextuality and the Representation of History in The Rings of Saturn.” W.G. Sebald and the Writing of History. Eds. Anne Fuchs and J.J. Long. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007. 139-62

“Kafka, Nabokov …Sebald: Intertextuality and Narratives of Redemption in Vertigo and The Emigrants.” W.G. Sebald: History—Memory—Trauma. Eds. Scott Denham and Mark R. McCulloh. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2006. 33-63

“Architecture and Cinema: The Representation of Memory in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.” W.G. Sebald – A Critical Companion. Eds. J.J. Long and Anne Whitehead. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. 140-54. Reprinted in the U.S. and Canada by Washington University Press (Seattle: 2004).

“Translating Affect: Inuit Cinema, Affect Theory, and Knowledge (Re-) Production”. Knowledge Landscapes North America. Ed. Sabine Sielke, et al. Universitätsverlag Winter: Heidelberg, 2016. 269-88.

Refereed Journal Articles:

“Adapting Venice: Intermedial Relations in Visconti, Sebald, and Kafka”. ‘lifedeath’: Mosaic special issue (48.3). Sept. 2015. Pp. 57-74.

“When I swallow his heart and lungs, Jesus is pleased”: The Transmediation of Sacrifice in The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”. ‘The Metamorphoses of Sacrifice in Contemporary Cinema’: Special issue of Angelaki—The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 19. 4 (December 2014). Ed. Costica Bradatan and Camil Ungureanu. 95-110.

“Film Adaptation in the Post-Cinematic Era”. Journal of Adaptation in Performance and Film 7.2 (Summer 2014): 155-58 (with Patrick Faubert)

“If This is Your Land, Where is Your Camera?: Atanarjuat, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen and Post-Cinematic Adaptation”. Journal of Adaptation in Performance and Film 7.2 (2014): 195-207. Part of a four-essay dossier on ‘Post-Cinematic Adaptation’, ed. R. Kilbourn and Patrick Faubert. Pp. 195-207.

“(No) Voice Out of the Whirlwind: The Book of Job and the End of the World in Tree of Life, Take Shelter, and A Serious Man”. Adaptation 7.1 (2014): 25-46.

“Camera Arriving at the Station: Cinematic Memory as Cultural Memory”. ‘Ghost-towns:Cityscapes, Memories and Critical Theory’: Special issue of Societies 3.3 (2013): 316-331. Eds. Graeme Gilloch and Changnam Lee.

“The Second Look, the Second Death: W.G. Sebald’s Orphic Adaptation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo”. Clues 31.1 (January 2013): 79-90

The Unnamable: Denegative Dialogue.” Joyce, Beckett, and the Art of the Negative (European Joyce Studies 16). Ed. Colleen Jaurretche. Amsterdam/New York, 2005. 63-89

“American Frankenstein: Modernity’s Monstrous Progeny.” Mosaic 38.3 (Sept. 2005): 167-83

“Re-writing Reality: Reading The Matrix.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 9: 2. (Autumn 2000): 43-54

“The Bureaucracy of Desire: A Reading of Das Schloβ.” Journal of the Kafka Society of America 23: 1-2 (June/December 1999): 50-62

Ada in Chiasmus: Chiasmus in Ada.” Journal of Nabokov Studies 5 (1998/99): 129-143

“Redemption Revalued in Tristan and Isolde: Schopenhauer, Wagner, Nietzsche.” University of Toronto Quarterly 67.4 (Fall 1998) (special issue: Proceedings of “Voices of Opera: Performance, Production, Interpretation” Symposium): 781-88. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism 119. Ed. Russ Whitaker. The Gale Group

“Toward a Non-Euclidean Cinema: Kieslowski and Literature.” The Canadian Journal of Film Studies 6.2 (Fall 1997): 34-50

Encyclopedia entries:

“Premediation (Grusin)”. International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. Ed. P. Roessler, C. Hoffner, & L. van Zoonen. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 2016.

Online Articles/Entries:

“Memory and Film”. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan, ed. (Routledge, 2013).

“Memory and the Flashback in Film”. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies. Krin Gabbard, ed. (Oxford UP, 2013).

Book Reviews:

Costica Bradatan and Camil Ungureanu, eds. Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation. London, Routledge, 2014. Studies in European Cinema 2017 ( (review essay). To access the e-version click on:

“Markus Zisselsberger, ed., The Undiscover’d Country: W.G. Sebald and The Poetics of Travel” (review essay). English Studies in Canada 36.4 (December 2012): 132-37.

“Pattern Pre-Recognition”. Richard Grusin, Premediation: Affect and Mediality in America after 9/11 (review essay). Reviews in Cultural Theory (online) Winter 2012

Daniel Downes, Interactive Realism: The Poetics of Cyberspace. University of Toronto Quarterly 76.1: “Letters in Canada 2005” (Winter 2007)

John Zilcosky, Kafka’s Travels: Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing. University of Toronto Quarterly 74.1: “Letters in Canada 2003” (Winter 2005)

Peter Swirski, Between Literature and Science: Poe, Lem, and Explorations in Aesthetics, Cognitive Science, and Literary Knowledge. University of Toronto Quarterly: “Letters in Canada 2001” (June 2003)

“Infinity.” Review of Brian Rotman, Ad Infinitum: The Ghost in Turing’s Machine (Taking God out of Mathematics and Putting the Body back in: An Essay in corporeal semiotics. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1993. The Semiotic Review of Books 7.2 (May 1996)