Clara Bradbury-Rance

Clara Bradbury-Rance is a Lecturer in the Department of Liberal Arts at King’s College London, where she also sits on the steering committee of Queer@King’s. Her book Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019. The book argues that the queer disruption of visibility politics has yielded new cinematic languages and radically altered how we talk about lesbian desire’s visual form. A Spanish translation of the book was launched in Mexico City in November 2019 in collaboration with Osífragos Editorial and MIC Género. Clara is on the board of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture and edited its special issue Feminist Pedagogies (2020). She publishes widely on contemporary queer and feminist cinema and popular culture, and you can find links to her open-access work at


In 1975, Barthes confessed his love for cinema—the hypnotising space, today Bradbury-Rance ponders on the magic of the small screen.

Not only does Bradbury-Rance introduce you to the contents of the issue, but she also shares her joy and passion for feminist pedagogies that have underpinned her academic practice from the early days of her career.


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