I am writing a dissertation on laughter and comedy in early modern England, 1590-1610. I am interested in early modern genre, performance practices, theories of comedy/laughter, early modern physiology and most recently, digital humanities. In terms of teaching, I have taught classes on Shakespeare, Surveys of British Literature from Medieval to Renaissance and composition courses – and I am interested in sharing teaching ideas and tools.
Hi! I’m a part-time doctoral candidate in Film and Television Studies at the University of Birmingham studying folk horror on the British screen. My research interests include:
- British cinema and television, particularly the horror, science-fiction, telefantasy, thriller, exploitation, comedy and historical genres;
- British ‘low culture’ on screen;
- Horror on screen;
- Topographies, hauntology and psychogeography on screen;
- History, heritage and landscape on screen;
- British national identity mediated through film;
- Genre theory.
I am currently in the final year of her PhD project and am common fixture at Flinders’ Bedford campus. After completing my BA/BeD undergraduate degree I continued on to finish my honours project in 2015, before entering the PhD program in 2016. My research focuses on the authenticity of historical-based film and television programs – with a particular focus on the filmmakers’ uses of traditional archival material and the adaptation processes used to appropriate them for the screen. Due to this particular interest, I am an avid cinemagoer and proud binge-watcher. I enjoy a wide variety of genres, including historical, fantasy, science-fiction (mostly Star Wars) and comedy (preferably British).
Martha Shearer’s research interests are in cinema and urban studies, particularly the relationship between processes of urban development and cinematic modes of representation; American cinema, from the coming of sound to the present; genre, especially the musical, romantic comedy, and horror; and gender, both in terms of representation and women’s authorship and creative labour. Her book New York City and the Hollywood Musical: Dancing in the Streets, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016, develops an innovative understanding of the spatiality of the musical, grounding close readings of films in the history and geography of both New York and the film industry. It argues that at its peak the musical was a prime vehicle for the idealization of urban density and that the transformation that New York underwent after World War II constituted a major challenge to the genre’s representational strategies, leading to its eventual decline. Her current research focuses on real estate and contemporary American cinema and television, particularly since 2008, exploring the ways in which real estate and its logics underpin both media industries and various forms of contemporary American film and media texts. She is also co-editing two books. Musicals at the Margins: Genre, Boundaries Canons, co-edited with Julie Lobalzo Wright, focuses on films and media at the margins and boundaries of the musical genre in a range of historical and global contexts and seeks to rework not only theories of the musical but also theories of genre more broadly. Women and New Hollywood, co-edited with Aaron Hunter, focuses on women’s creative labour in American cinema of the 1970s, recuperating the labour of women working as directors and other creative roles, but also considering how attention to that labour challenges the thoroughly masculinist understanding of that period of American cinema and reframes theories of women’s authorship. This latter project is based on a conference held at Maynooth University in 2018.
German comedy of the eigthteenth century; G. E. Lessing’s youth comedies;
Public humanities, early modern period (England, Italy, Spain), comparative literature, comedic genre, gender & sexuality, race & ethnicity, visuality
Martine van Elk is a Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include early modern women, early modern drama, and Shakespeare. She has written articles on these subjects and most recently published a book on early modern Dutch and English women writers. She also runs two blogs on early modern women.
I work on eighteenth-century British literature, with a particular focus on stage stage comedy.