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Vicky Lebeau has published widely in the fields of psychoanalysis and visual culture. She has particular interests in the topics of spectacle and terror, sexuality, fantasy and representation - and in popular culture as a form of critical thought. She has recently published Childhood and Cinema (Reaktion and Chicago University Press, 2008). In psychoanalysis, she has interests in Freud, Winnicott, Andre Green, Jean Laplanche, Serge Leclaire, Michael Eigen, Joyce McDougall and Christopher Bollas. She is currently researching the topic of the ‘arts of seeing’ (including writing on Shane Meadows, Michael Haneke, Gerhard Richter and Don DeLillo) and is working on a book-length project on the idea of loneliness. Kate Whittaker is Lecturer in Drama at Birmingham City University. She completed an AHRC-funded PhD at Lancaster University, having previously read Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick and Goldsmiths College, London. Before taking up her current post in April 2013, Kate lectured on undergraduate programmes at Lancaster, and the Universities of Salford and Huddersfield. Her teaching profile spans canonical Western playwriting, contemporary performance practice, and performance theory and complementary philosophy. Among her research interests are theatrical representations of gendered subjects - concerning masculinities in particular - and emergent performance practice. 44