Selected Publications

Books Forthcoming
Book Chapters, forthcoming
Refereed Journal Articles, 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)

Books Forthcoming:

W.G. Sebald’s Postsecular Redemption: Catastrophe with Spectator. In press. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, forthcoming November 2018.(’s-postsecular-redemption)

The Cinema of Paolo Sorrentino. New York, NY: Wallflower Press (Columbia UP), forthcoming 2019.

Book Chapters, forthcoming:

“I Vitelloni and Amarcord: Il ritorno in patria”. A Companion to Federico Fellini. Ed. Frank Burke, Marguerite Waller, and Marita Gubareva. Wiley Blackwell, 2020.

“The Immortal Thighs of Ines Orsini: The Transcendence of Grace in Denis Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions”, in Immanent Frames: Postsecular Cinema Between The Tree of Life and Melancholia, eds. John Caruana and Mark Cauchi. SUNY Buffalo University Press, ‘Horizons of Cinema’ series, Spring 2018.

“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.

Refereed Journal Articles, forthcoming

“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)