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Alexis Brown


Alexis Brown is a DPhil (PhD) candidate at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, supported by a Rhodes scholarship and an Oxford Centre for Life-Writing Doctoral Award. Her dissertation, The Author on Film: Life-Writing in the Cinema, concerns the adaptation of post-war autobiographical literature, specifically with the authors Janet Frame, Sylvia Plath, Andrea Dunbar and W.G. Sebald. She examines the tendency of modern authors to utilize autobiography and other forms of life-writing in their fiction, and how that innovation has influenced the way in which filmmakers adapt the story of their lives—and in doing so, reassessing cinema’s relationship with authenticity, reference, and realism. Her research interests lie in life-writing, documentary and biopic film, as well as twentieth century literature. She has been published in The Journal of New Zealand Literature and was winner of the 2017 Essay Prize for the journal Adaptation (Oxford University Press). She has forthcoming contributions to the edited collections Where is Adaptation? (John Benjamins) and Refocus: The Films of Mary Harron (Edinburgh University Press) to be published in 2018. She recently interviewed Director Clio Barnard at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, and contributed her paper, ‘Lady Lazarus: Textual Authority in Christine Jeffs’s Sylvia (2003)’ to the TORCH Gender & Authority Research Network. She has also served as a TORCH Graduate Coordinator and as the Teaching and Careers Officer (2014-2015) for the University of Oxford English Department. 

Interview with Director Clio Barnard:

Talk, ‘Lady Lazarus: Textual Authority in Christine Jeffs’s Sylvia (2003)’: