Oliver C Speck, PhD


Assistant Professor of German and European Cinema

ssistant Professor of German and European Cinema 

Ph.D., University of Mannheim, Germany, 1996
M.A., University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1990

Email - ocspeck@vcu.edu
Phone - 804.827.0910
Fax -  804.828.0127

Office -  Valentine House Room 206 
920 W. Franklin St. 
Richmond, VA 23284-2021

Oliver C. Speck's CV

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Dr. Oliver C. Speck taught at the University of North Carolina Wilmington prior to joining VCU in 2007. His areas of expertise are film studies, especially European Cinema, and German language and literature. His teaching interests also include genre studies and cultural studies.

Prof. Speck’s scholarly writing focuses on narrative strategies and the representation of memory and history in French, German and other European cinema. In his first book, Der unter-sagte Blick: Zum Problem der Subjektivität im Film (The Under-written Gaze: The Problem of Subjectivity in Film) published in 1999, he discusses the value and limits of models of narratology, of Freudian psychoanalysis and of the “dispositif”-theory, aspects of the latter not having been discussed in Germany up to then. 

The structural analyses and fundamental problematic of subjectivity found inThe Under-written Gaze receive amplification and a fresh focus in my book,Funny Frames: The Filmic Concepts of Michael Haneke (Continuum Books, New York and London, 2010). Here, I explore how a political thinking manifests itself in the films of the Austrian-born director Michael Haneke. Drawing on current discussions of virtuality, subjectivity and cinema, the study takes up impulses from Deleuze’s and Derrida’s philosophies to create a unique and political perspective on Haneke’s oeuvre, with a keen awareness of his cinematic innovations seen in the context of European cultural- historical specificities.

New Austrian Film, a co-edited anthology (with Robert von Dassanowsky), focusing mostly on the period of 1998 to the present, combines over 20 articles written by leading scholars of Austrian Cinema and has generated very positive reviews (Berghahn Books, New York: 2011). Dr. Speck is currently under contract with Bloomsbury Academic to edit a volume on Django Unchained, entitled: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained: The Continuation of Metacinema

The working title of Prof. Speck’s new book projectis “Creating Perspectives: Concepts of Community in Cinema.” 


Funny Frames: The Filmic Concepts of Michael Haneke (Continuum Books, New York and London, 2010).

New Austrian Film, co-edited with Robert von Dassanowsky (Berghahn Books, New York: 2011).