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Research project

Women in Film After the Ottoman Empire


Lead researcher

Professor Shelley Cobb

Head of Department

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 PhD applications on topics related to any of the above areas.
  • I have supervised to completion theses on British women directors and cinematic space; women documentarians working across film and television; literary celebrity in the 19th century; contemporary gothic fiction for adolescents, and authorship and adaptation of contemporary children's literature and film. My current PhD students are working on Black women and contemporary Hollywood cinema; Chinese chick flicks; East Asian celebrity and fandom; queer Black cinema; the war on terror and Hollywood cinema; gender and class in amateur filmmaking in the UK 1930-1950.