Sarah Artt

Sarah Artt

Dr Sarah Artt

Lecturer T&R


2001-2005 PhD Queen Margaret University
Dissertation title: The Master and Mrs Wharton: Film adaptations of the work of Edith Wharton and Henry James. The thesis addressed Wharton’s ideas of the hieroglyphic world as a metaphor for the literary adaptation’s use of a symbolic economy of art and dress in contemporary screen adaptations.
1998-2000 Master of Arts McGill University
Graduate Program in Art History and Communications. Dissertation title: Under the Red Light: Images of Prostitution in the films Klute, Pretty Baby, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and American Gigolo. Dissertation supervised by Professor Will Straw.
1994-1998 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Brock University
Joint degree in Communications Studies and Liberal Studies. Final year papers on film adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma and Persuasion, and images of violent women in Aeschylus’s Oresteia and Baudelaire’s Les fleurs du mal



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Subject Group Representative Academic Quality Committee (SACI)
  • Interview panel, Lectureship in English and Film, December 2014


Conference Activity

  • Co-organiser with Anne Schwan of 'Orange is the New Black and New Perspectives on the Women in Prison Genre'. Academic conference June 2015.


Invited Speaker

  • Adaptation and Nation Conference, Queen Margaret University, June 2017 "Why We Do Not Adapt Jean Rhys"
  • Association of Adaptation Studies, St Anne's College Oxford. September 2016: Shades of Frankenstein in Black Mirror and Penny Dreadful
  • 5th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference 30th September-1st October 2010. Centre for British Studies, Humbolt University, Berlin. Paper title: les liaisons dangeureses a l'Anglais: Valmont, Dangerous Liaisons and Cruel Intentions.
  • 7th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, University of York, September 2012. Paper title: We Need to Talk About Kevin and Heathcliff: metatextual authorships in Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heigh
  • 6th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, Yeni Yuzil University, Istanbul. 29-30 September 2011. Paper Title: Gangster of Love: Remaking American noir as French neo-noir in Fingers and De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté/The Beat that My Hear
  • 8th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, Linneaus University, 26-27 September 2013, Vaxjo Sweden. Paper title: Disturbing Experiences: The cinematic legacy of Georges Franju's Les yeux sans visage/Eyes Without a Face
  • 0th International Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, 2-4 July 2010. Paper Title: Silence and Performance: Appreciating Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar
  • Symposium on Melodrama in Contemporary Film and Television. Text, Genre and Visual Studies Group, Queen Margaret University, 29 October 2010. Paper title: Vienna to Beijing: Letter from an Unknown Woman, melodrama and the symbolic simulation of Europe
  • Neo-Victorian Networks, University of Amsterdam, 13-15 June 2012. Paper title: The Steampunk Detective: Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock
  • Transforming Cities. TU Braunschweig. 2-4 July 2015. Paper Title: Femme Publique: The brothel sex worker as anti-flaneuse in the television series Maison Close (2010-2013)
  • Network for European Cinema and Media Studies. 23-26 July 2011. Sonic Futures Conference. King's College and Birkbeck University of London. Paper title: The Future Sound of Retro: Daft Punk, Tron Legacy and the Sound of Science Fiction.
  • Invited Workshop 'Shakespeare on Screen' for Msc in European Theatre Studies, University of Edinburgh.
  • Invited talk. The Post-feminist Tart. University of Split, Croatia.
  • Invited talk. Masculinity, Silence, the Body: Valhalla Rising (2009) and Drive (2011). Amsterdam University College, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Media Activity

  • The Age of Frankenstein
  • 7 February 2011. Panel Speaker “Women in Science: On the Screen and Off” with a screening of Madame Curie. Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh.
  • Bright Club Edinburgh on Tuesday September 20th
  • Bright Club 3.14
  • Bright Club Performance, "Retrofuture"
  • Article on the series Sherlock for The Conversation: (2550 readers)
  • Review article on William Gibson's latest novel, The Peripheral for TheConversation. (13, 205 readers)
  • Edinburgh Bright Club performance as Museum Lates, National Museum of Scotland
  • interviewed in Sunday Herald about Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones
  • Frankenstein at 200
  • Museum Lates: A Night in Wonderland
  • popular press article on the television series 'Sherlock'
  • Sarah Artt performs with Edinburgh Bright Club at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • Sarah Artt invited to participate in ESRC Geonomics Forum Public Engagement Event in London
  • Screening of Rouben Mamoulian's Jekyll and Hyde at Edinburgh's Filmhouse
  • Review article on Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows in The Conversation
  • performance with Bright Club Edinburgh. National Museum of Scotland, Museum Lates: Vikings. 22 February 2013
  • performance at Bright Club Dundee 20/01/2015
  • 'Not Enough of Him': Technology and Melancholia in 'Be Right Back'


Public Engagement Activity

  • Stand-up comedy performance with Edinburgh Bright Club, National Museum of Scotland Museum Lates: Vikings!
  • Stand-up comedy performance with Edinburgh Bright Club, National Museum of Scotland, Museum Lates: Fascinating Mummies Event.
  • Stand-up comedy performance with Bright Club Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Museum Lates: Retrofuture
  • Invited performance, Bright Club Dundee
  • Panel Speaker “Women in Science: On the Screen and Off” with a screening of Madame Curie. Special Event to Commemorate the International Year of Chemistry. Event in conjunction with Edinburgh University Department of Chemistry at Filmhouse Cinema Edinbur


Public/Community Engagement

  • British Academy Summer Showcase Lates
  • Let's Talk Frankly
  • The Over-Analyser's Book Club Presents Frankenstein


Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner



  • Invited to review for Feminist Media Studies
  • Regular reviewer for Gothic Studies
  • reviewer for Adaptation journal



  • Co-organiser with Dr Sara-Patricia Wasson of a series of talks on Science Fiction for Edinburgh Napier's Centre for Literature and Writing: September 2010-May 2011.


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