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MacKinnon, Kenneth 1942–

MacKinnon, Kenneth 1942–

PERSONAL: Born December 11, 1942, in Inverness, Scotland; son of John (an accountant) and Agnes Frances (a secretary; maiden name, MacKay) MacKinnon. Education: University of Edinburgh, M.A. (classics, with first class honors), 1965; Oxford University, B.Litt., 1969. Hobbies and other interests: Jazz and classical music (playing piano for chamber music and jazz recitals).

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Humanities, Arts, and Languages, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Rd., London N7 8DB, England. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: London Metropolitan University, London, England, principal lecturer, then professor of film studies, 1972–. Copy editor and proofreader for publishers in London, England, 1969–78.


(Translator, with George Valamvanos) Vangelis Katsanis, The Successors, Pella, 1979.

(Translator, with George Valamvanos) An Anthology of Modern Greek One-Act Plays, Pella, 1984.

Hollywood's Small Towns, Scarecrow Press (Metuchen, NJ), 1984.

Greek Tragedy into Film, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Madison, NJ), 1986.

Misogyny in the Movies: The De Palma Question, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE), 1990.

The Politics of Popular Representation: Reagan, Thatcher, AIDS, and the Movies, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Madison, NJ), 1992.

Uneasy Pleasures: The Male as Erotic Object, Cygnus Arts (London, England), 1997, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Madison, NJ), 1998.

Love, Tears, and the Male Spectator, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Madison, NJ), 2002.

Representing Men: Maleness and Masculinity in the Media, Hodder Arnold (London, England), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Pleasure Principles: Politics, Sexuality, and Ethics, edited by Victoria Harwood and others, Lawrence & Wishart (London, England), 1993; Transferable Skills in Higher Education, edited by Alison Assiter, Kogan Page (Philadelphia, PA), 1995; Dissident Voices: The Politics of Television and Cultural Change, edited by Mike Wayne, Pluto (Sterling, VA), 1998; The Body's Perilous Pleasures: Dangerous Desires and Contemporary Culture, edited by M. Aaron, Edinburgh University Press (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1999; and Musicals: Hollywood and Beyond, edited by Bill Marshall and Robynn Stilwell, Intellect (Portland, OR), 2000. Contributor to periodicals, including Journal of Gender Studies, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Film Quarterly, Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, and Classical Quarterly.

SIDELIGHTS: Kenneth MacKinnon told CA: "The primary motivations for my writing are an interest in extending my knowledge and that of others, and my impatience with orthodoxies. Certain academic influences recur in my work, the influence of Laura Mulvey and Steve Neale especially. My writing process includes a long period of research, structuring of my argument in skeleton form, then a shorter period for writing and revisions."

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