PhD in English Candidate
507 Denney Hall
Areas of Expertise
- Film studies
- Sound studies
- Religious studies
- MA, Texas Tech University, 2013
- BA, Grove City College, 2011
Carl Laamanen is a PhD candidate interested in issues of film, religion, phenomenology and sound. Currently, his research and dissertation project consider film within the context of film phenomenology and its focus on the film as an embodied subject/object in the world. From that point, he examines how film, like other bodies-in-the-world, has religious experiences of its own and how it describes and disseminates those experiences to the viewer through an intersubjective relationship between film body and human body.
Laamanen's work has appeared in Cinephile and the Journal of Religion & Film, and he has published recent book reviews in Senses of Cinema and Music, Sound and the Moving Image.
- “What Does God Hear? Terrence Malick, Voice-Over, and The Tree of Life.” Cinephile 8.1 (2012): 15-19.
- “Preaching in the Darkness: The Night of the Hunter’s Subversion of Patriarchal Christianity and Classical Cinema.” Journal of Religion & Film 18.1 (2014).
- ‘“He who kills the body, kills the soul that inhabits it’: Feminist Filmmaking, Religion, and Spiritual Identification in Vision.” Journal of Religion & Film 20.2 (2016).