Predators on Screen: Cinematic Monsters in the New Century
Gillian Hawkins (University of Washington)
Professor Hawkins’ areas of interest include twentieth and twenty-first century fiction, U.S. popular culture, contemporary cinema, law and literature, psychoanalysis, affect studies, policing and prisons, and higher education. Her research explores the regulation of intimacy and sexuality in the later twentieth and twenty-first century United States. Her first book, Everybody’s Family Romance: Reading Incest in Neoliberal America (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), argues that the 1990s “boom” in print materials addressing father-daughter incest contributed to broader transformations of family life associated with neoliberal governance in the United States. Gillian Hawkins’ new book-in-progress, Screening Pedophilia: Virtuality and Other Crimes Against Nature, argues that the emergence of the “pedophile” in visual texts of the same period functions to expand regulation beyond the family by linking techniques of informational surveillance across forensic and filmic domains.