Glenn Ward lectures in the History of Art and Design.
His main research interests lie in the visual cultures of cinema and in the interrelationships between avant-garde, marginal and popular screen cultures.
His background is cross-disciplinary and early interests in questions of authorship, taste and visual pleasure were expressed in painting; these now inform his scholarly work.
Dr Glenn Ward lectures in the History of Art and Design. His main current research interests lie in the visual cultures of cinema and in the interrelationships between avant-garde, marginal and popular screen cultures.
Having started his teaching career with an expertise in postmodernist theory, Glenn’s areas of interest focus upon questions of taste, cultural hierarchies and affect in the analysis of visual texts. His interest in the problems and methodologies of visual analysis inform his teaching on several courses. Building on his PhD work on vision, desire and transgression in ‘cult’ fantastic cinema, he is currently working on forthcoming publications on intertextual representations of monstrosity and otherness in the popular horror films of Guillermo del Toro and the avant-garde films of Pere Portabella.
His background is cross-disciplinary. He received a BA in fine art (painting) from the University of Plymouth in 1990; an MA in Visual Culture from Bath Spa University in 1992; and was awarded his PhD in film studies from the University of Sussex in 2011. Glenn’s early interest in questions of authorship, taste and visual pleasure were expressed in painting; these now inform his scholarly work. His PhD thesis offered a post-structuralist textual and contextual analysis of vision, desire and transgression in the ‘cult’ films of the Spanish filmmaker Jesús Franco. Before working at Brighton Glenn taught many modules in visual culture, art history and film studies at the University of Sussex, Bath Spa University, the University of the West of England and Wimbledon School of Art.
Ward, Glenn (2018) Transgressive or Maladjusted? Nymphomania, Frigidity and Franco’s Gothic Sexology In: Lazaro-Reboll, A. and Olney, R., eds. The Films of Jess Franco. Contemporary Approaches to Film and Cinema . Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan. ISBN 9780814344934
Ward, Glenn (2016) Grinding out the Grindhouse: Exploitation, Myth and Memory In: Walker, J. and Fisher, A., eds. Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond. Global Exploitation Cinemas . Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 13-30. ISBN 9781628927450
Ward, Glenn (2014) ‘There is no such thing’: Del Toro’s metafictional monster rally In: Davies, A., Tierney, D.M. and Shaw, D., eds. The Transnational Fantasies of Guilermo del Toro. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 11-28. ISBN 9781137407832
Ward, Glenn (2009) Made in South America: locating 'Snuff' In: Tierney, D. and Ruetalo, V., eds. Latsploitation, Latin America and exploitation cinemas. Routledge Advances in Film Studies . Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp. 145-157. ISBN 9780415898546