Pam Cook

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Pam Cook
Born (1943-01-06) 6 January 1943 (age 81)
Farnborough, Hampshire, UK
OccupationWriter, historian, academic

Pam Cook (born 6 January 1943) is Professor Emerita in Film at the University of Southampton.[1] She was educated at Sir William Perkins's School, Chertsey, Surrey and Birmingham University, where she was taught by Stuart Hall, Richard Hoggart, Malcolm Bradbury, and David Lodge. Along with Laura Mulvey and Claire Johnston, she was a pioneer of 1970s Anglo-American feminist film theory.[2] Her collaboration with Claire Johnston on the work of Hollywood film director Dorothy Arzner provoked debate among feminist film scholars over the following decades.[3]

In the mid-1980s, Cook co-authored and edited the leading film studies textbook The Cinema Book for the British Film Institute (BFI). From 1985 to 1994, she was Associate Editor and contributor to the BFI magazines Monthly Film Bulletin and Sight and Sound, before becoming a lecturer at the University of East Anglia. In 1998, she was appointed the first Professor of European Film and Media at the University of Southampton.

Since her retirement in 2006, she continues to publish books and articles on moving image history and culture. In 2007, she set up the independent campaigning blog bfiwatch to monitor developments at the BFI,[4] and she has extended her work to scholarly videography.



  • Dancing with Pixels: Undoing Representation, London: Open Book, 2019.
  • Nicole Kidman, London: BFI Publishing/Palgrave, 2012. Nicole Kidman
  • Baz Luhrmann, London: BFI Publishing/Palgrave, 2010. Baz Luhrmann
  • The Cinema Book, Third Edition, London: British Film Institute, 2007.
  • Screening the Past: Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema, Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2005.
  • I Know Where I'm Going!, BFI Film Classics, London: British Film Institute, 2002. (on I Know Where I'm Going!)
  • The Cinema Book, Second Edition, London: British Film Institute, 1999. With Mieke Bernink.
  • Gainsborough Pictures, London and Washington: Cassell, 1997. Gainsborough Pictures
  • Fashioning the Nation: Costume and Identity in British Cinema, London: British Film Institute, 1996.
  • Women and Film: A Sight and Sound Reader, London: Scarlet Press/Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993. With Philip Dodd.
  • The Cinema Book, London: British Film Institute, 1985. The Cinema Book

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  1. ^ See University of Southampton Film Studies web site
  2. ^ See E. Ann Kaplan, 'Aspects of British feminist film theory: A critical evaluation of texts by Claire Johnston and Pam Cook', Jump Cut no. 2, 1974, pp. 52–5; and 'Interview with British Cine-Feminists', in Karen Kay and Gerald Peary (eds), Women and the Cinema: A Critical Anthology, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1977, pp. 393–406.
  3. ^ See Constance Penley (ed.), Feminism and film theory, New York and London: Routledge, 1988; Judith Mayne, Directed by Dorothy Arzner, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994.
  4. ^ See bfiiwatch blog, external link below.

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