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Dr Shelley Cobb 

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Dr Shelley Cobb is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Southampton.

My main areas of research and teaching expertise are in women and film (both production and representation), gender and popular culture, celebrity studies and adaptation.

I hold a BA in English from the University of Southern California, and two postgraduate degrees from Chapman University in California: an MA in English and Comparative Literature, and an MFA in Creative Writing. My PhD is from The School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, where I taught in the Film and Television Studies, Literature and Creative Writing, and American Studies. I joined the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Southampton in 2008 and have taught Film Adaptation for the English department alongside Women and Hollywood for Film.

My articles and chapters on women filmmakers, gender and contemporary Hollywood, film adaptation, and celebrity culture appear in a range of journals as well as edited collections.

Currently, I am the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded project Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary Film Culture in the UK, 2000-2015 (dates: Sept 2014 – September 2018). This project is counting the number of women working on British films in key production roles from 2000-2015 and recording interviews with 50 women filmmakers. To learn more about the project go to

My monograph, Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers (Palgrave-Macmillan, November 2014) considers film adaptations directed by women that foreground the figure of the female author, through analysis of the films themselves, their reception, and discussion of the cultural and industrial contexts in which these films were released.

I am also the co-editor (with Neil Ewen) of First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship and Cultural Politics published by Bloomsbury in September 2015.

In 2014, I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research interests

My interests include women filmmakers, women's films/chick flicks, gender and popular culture (esp Hollywood), celebrity studies, postfeminism and feminism in the media, contemporary Hollywood cinema, film and television adaptation, the figure of the woman author, and reception discourses. I have recently published on black women filmmakers who make romantic comedies, the politics of the chick flick and Trainwreck, and race in the sitcom Friends.

I welcome research proposals related to any of the above topics. Currently, I am supervising/advising research students working in the following areas: British women directors and cinematic space; women documentarians working across film and television; literary celebrity in the 19th century; postfeminism and girls in contemporary Chinese cinema, and creative writing.

I have supervised students to completion on the topics of contemporary gothic fiction for adolescents, and authorship and adaptation of contemporary children's literature and film.

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I convene the undergraduate modules Film Adaptation for English and Women and Hollywood for Film and teach on the English modules Narrative and Culture and Writing Place. I also contribute to the MA module War and Conflict in Literature and Film and American Cinema Since 1965.

Dr Shelley Cobb
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
SO17 1BF

Room Number: 65/1079

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