Julia Leyda

Associate Professor of Film Studies

Department of Art and Media Studies Faculty of Humanities
+47 73591841
Bygg 8, 8441, Dragvoll, (Edvard Bulls veg 1, 7491 Trondheim)

Background and activities

Research Interests in Cinema and Television Studies

  • cli-fi (climate fiction) and screen cultures of the Anthropocene
  • financialization of domestic space
  • intersectional feminist theory and criticism
  • aesthetics and affects of cuteness
  • Hollywood cinema and popular culture
  • Todd Haynes

Research Plans 2018

This year I plan to move forward my two in-progress monographs: 

  • The Cultural Affordances of Cli-Fi: 21st-Century Scenarios of Climate Futures. This book will place the newly minted category “cli-fi” in the broader context of fiction, films, and television programming that tackle a constellation of topics related to environmentalism and sustainability. I argue that cli-fi offers a new set of representational possibilities through its combination of generic flexibility and media buzz. In notable ways setting itself apart from earlier offerings, cli-fi speaks to twenty-first-century concerns and contexts. This research can provide insight not only into the topic of climate change but also the “structures of feeling” that circulate around it. 
  • Home Economics: The Financialization of Domestic Space. This book brings together film and media studies work on the recession with the relatively new field of critical finance studies to fill a gap in current scholarship on the representations of home at the turn of the twenty-first century. Taking as a point of departure that the recession was as much a cultural crisis it was an economic one, as Mark Hayward argues, it investigates the housing bubble and crash through in-depth analyses of a wide range of representations in screen culture. It takes up US television, film, and new media in an examination of how these forms contribute to the ongoing twenty-first-century reconfiguration of discourses of home and family within the context of the housing crisis and its aftermath. 


In the Media

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database



  • Leikam, Susanne; Leyda, Julia. (2017) “Cli-Fi in American Studies: A Research Bibliography.”. American studies journal. vol. 62.
  • Leikam, Susanne; Leyda, Julia. (2017) “‘What’s in a Name?’: Cli-Fi and American Studies.”. Amerikastudien.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2017) “Financial Times: The Economic and Industrial Temporalities in Arrested Development.”. Television & New Media. vol. 19 (4).
  • Dale, Joshua Paul; Goggin, Joyce; Leyda, Julia; McIntyre, Anthony P.; Negra, Diane. (2017) The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Routledge. 2017. ISBN 978-1138998766.
  • Dale, Joshua Paul; Goggin, Joyce; Leyda, Julia; Mcintyre, Anthony P.; Negra, Diane. (2017) The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2017) Cute 21st-Century Post-Fembots. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2017) “Breaking Bad: A Recessionary Western.”. Violence and Open Spaces: The Subversion of Boundaries and the Transformation of the Western Genre..
  • Leyda, Julia. (2017) Negative Mobilities. Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture.


  • Negra, Diane; Lagerwey, Jorie; Leyda, Julia. (2016) Female-Centered Television in an Age of Precarity. Genders. vol. 1 (1).
  • Leyda, Julia. (2016) American Mobilities: Geographies of Class, Race, and Gender in US Culture. Transcript Verlag. 2016. ISBN 978-3-8376-3455-6.
  • Leyda, Julia; Denson, Shane. (2016) Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film. 2016. ISBN 9780993199639.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2016) Demon Debt: Paranormal Activity as Recessionary Post-Cinematic Allegory. Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film.
  • Leyda, Julia. (2016) The Financialization of Domestic Space in Arrested Development and Breaking Bad. Class Divisions in Serial Television.
  • Leyda, Julia; Denson, Shane. (2016) Perspectives on Post-Cinema: An Introduction. Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film.


  • Leyda, Julia; Negra, Diane. (2015) Extreme Weather and Global Media. Routledge. 2015. ISBN 9781138798793.


  • Leyda, Julia. (2014) Interviews: Todd Haynes. University Press of Mississippi. 2014. ISBN 1496807901.