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Professor Kamilla Elliott

Professor of Literature and Media

Kamilla Elliott

Lancaster University

County College



Tel: +44 1524 593348

Office Hours:

Please see the Department of English and Creative Writing website for my current office hours or e-mail k.elliott@lancaster.ac.uk.

Research overview

My research interests lie in literature's relationship with other media, including painting, photography, theatre, film, television, and new media. Historically and nationally, my interests lie in British literature of the long nineteenth century, though I am interested in its relations with other periods and nations as well as other media.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising interdisciplinary projects based in British literature from the late eighteenth-century to the nineteenth-century literature and culture, especially interdisciplinary projects involving literature's relation to other media (painting, photography, theatre, film, television, new media, etc.). I am also interested in the theory, history, and rhetoric of adaptation in the humanities more generally.

Current Teaching

ENGL203 Victorian Literature

ENGL204 American Literature to 1900

ENGL208 Literature, Film, and Media

ENGL301 BA (Hons) dissertation

ENGL377 Literary Film Adaptations, Hollywood 1939

ENGL431 Literature and Film (MA)

ENGL427 Victorian Literature and Other Media (MA)


Also contributes lectures to ENGL100 (Introduction to English Literature), ENGL101 (World Literature), CREW103 (Introduction to Creative Writing), and ENGL207 (British Romanticism). Teaches Project Based Learning modules for ENGL100.


Kamilla Elliott grew up in the UK, moving to the US after A levels. She received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Theatre from the University of Colorado in 1980 and pursued postgraduate studies in film at Boston University from 1981-82. After working in elder care and health research, she returned to academia in 1989, earning an A.L.M. degree through Harvard's adult education programme in 1991. From there, she entered Harvard University, where she completed a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language in 1996. She taught Victorian studies and interdisciplinary literature/film studies at the University of California at Berkeley from 1996-2004. During that time she published research on literature and film, including Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate (Cambridge UP, 2003).

At Lancaster University, she has continued to write and speak on intermedial adaptation theory and practice. A monograph, Theorizing Adaptation, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2020. Much of her recent research addresses intersections between British fiction and the rise of mass picture identification from the late eighteenth century to 1918. Her monograph, Portraiture and British Gothic Fiction: The Rise of Picture Identification, 1764-1835, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012. She is researching a sequel, British Victorian Fiction and the Rise of Picture Identification, 1836-1918.

Formerly Known As


  • Forthcoming

    Gothic and Portraiture

    Elliott, K. L., 31/07/2019, (Accepted/In press) The Edinburgh Companion to Gothic and the Arts. Punter, D. (ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, (Edinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities ).

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter

  • Published

    The theory of BAD-aptation

    Elliott, K., 11/04/2018, The Routledge Companion to Adaptation. Cutchins, D., Krebs, K. & Voigts, E. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 18-27 10 p. (Routledge Companions).

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter

  • Published

    Adaptation theory and adaptation scholarship

    Elliott, K., 2017, The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies. Leitch, T. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 679-697 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter

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