PROF Barbara Anne Creed

PROF Barbara Anne Creed


  • Contemporary film theory
  • Darwinian theory
  • Feminism
  • Film and human rights
  • Human/animal studies
  • Race
  • Surrealism



  • Barbara Creed is a graduate of Monash and La Trobe Universities. Her doctoral thesis was on the cinema of horror, feminism and psychoanalysis. Her areas of research include feminist film theory, film and psychoanalytic theory, the impact of Darwinian theory on the evolution of film genres, and the cinema of human rights and human/animal studies.

    Her publications include The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1993), now in its sixth edition; Media Matrix: Sexing the New Reality (Allen & Unwin, 2003); Pandora's Box: Essays in Film Theory (ACMI, 2004); Phallic Panic: Film, Horror & the Primal Uncanny (MUP, 2005); and Darwin's Screens: Evolutionary Aesthetics, Time and Sexual Display in the Cinema (MUP, 2009). She is co-editor of the anthologies Body Trade: Captivity, Cannibalism and Colonialism in the Pacific (2001) and Don't Shoot Darling: Women's Independent Filmmaking in Australia (1987). Her articles have been translated into a range of foreign languages and appeared in international journals including Screen , Camera Obscura , New Formations and Third Text. She has been invited to deliver many key-note papers both in Australia and internationally, including the Freud Institute, the Universities of Oxford, Manchester, Lancaster, Paris, Utrecht, Frankfurt, UCLA, the Courtauld Institute and the Huntington.

    Barbara is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She is on a number of international editorial boards and acts as a reader for various international publishing houses and journals. She is an assessor for the Australian Research Council. Barbara is an active figure in the film community as a film reviewer, speaker and writer. She has served on the Boards of the Melbourne Writers Week, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and the VCA School of Film and Telev   


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Additional Grant Information

  • Recent grants and awards (from 2007):

    2015: Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor

    2011: Discovery Grant, The Global Self: Screening the History of Human Rights from the 20th Century to the Present , $150,000. 3 years
    2011: Discovery Grant, with Professor J. Hoorn and Professor Deirdre Coleman, Empathy & Evolution: the History of Emotions and the LIterary and  VIsual Representations of Animals , $236,000. 3 years
    2007: Discovery Grant, with Professor J. Hoorn, Cinema & Civilisation , $296,000. 3 years   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University
  • BA, University of Melbourne
  • DipEd, University of Melbourne
  • MA, La Trobe University

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2006


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