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In this third edition of the Keynote Profile series, we are honoured to introduce Professor of Film and Television Studies Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia), whose groundbreaking research on gender and action cinema that makes her an original force in the field of the Marginalised Mainstream. This research led to Action and Adventure Cinema (2004) and Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Crime and the Action Cinema (1993).
Yvonne is a prolific scholar, with an immense body of work behind her, including Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (2007) and Silence of the Lambs (2002). She has also written several essays for BFI Flipside, which is re-telling ‘the untold history of British film’ through its re-release of the cornerstones and lost treasures of British cinema.
Her research continues to explore questions of gender, race and sexuality in film and television, postfeminist media culture, security, trauma and loss in crime television. Her most recent work considers depictions of gender and military culture on screen, which yielded her latest book, Soldiers’ Stories: Military Women in Cinema and Television since WWII (2011). She is currently working with Professor Diane Negra on a new book of essays, Gendering the Recession.
Yvonne teaches courses on gender and contemporary cinema, as well as on criminal investigation TV serials, which, as an avid watcher of innumerable police procedurals, makes this writer wish she lived nearer UEA.
Yvonne can be found at: http://www.uea.ac.uk/film-television-media/People/Academic/Yvonne+Tasker
For our second Keynote Profile, we are very excited to introduce Dr Kate Macdonald. Kate lectures at Ghent University, Belgium, on British literary history and culture, and a former academic editor. Returning Marginalised Mainstreamers will remember her as leader of last year’s conference workshop, Shame, the report for which you can find here.
Kate is a leading authority on the writing of Scottish author John Buchan, and has published extensively on the writer. She has a passion for recovering forgotten but one-time best-selling authors, such as Dornford Yates, Angela Thirkell and Una L. Silberrad, and is an active part of the current drive to increase the reach (and reputation) of middlebrow research, through works including The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr Miniver Read (2011). Her edition of Una L. Silberrad’s The Good Comrade (1907) will be published soon by Victorian Secrets.
Kate is currently also lead series editor for the Pickering & Chatto monograph series, Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace (as well as being the editor of an inordinate number of essay collections, mostly on twentieth-century British literary history), which has been releasing a steady stream of really interesting titles. The most recent publication, which Kate edited with Nathan Waddell, is John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (May 2013).
Outside official academic life, Kate is passionate about the dissemination of academic research to the marketplace. Two of her primary outlets for this is her podcast series, Why I Really Like This Book (22,000 downloads since May 2010 and counting), and the independent book-blogging collective Vulpes Libris.
Kate can be found at: http://www.english.ugent.be/katemacdonald
You can also listen to her fascinating interview with Alison Turner about World War One poetry, in a series called Armistice Day for Expats in Belgium, for PRX.
In our first of our Keynote Profile series, we would like to introduce Professor Nicola Humble (Roehampton University). I think all three of the organisers have come in contact with Nicki at various conferences over the years, including the excellent ‘Popular and the Middlebrow: Women’s Writing, 1880-1940’ conference up in Newcastle last April.
Nicki studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, followed by a PhD on Robert Browning and history. She has been at Roehampton University since 1992 where she teaches nineteenth and twentieth-century English literature, including a course on the literature of food which is the first in the country.
Nicki is an incredibly broad-ranging scholar. Although she specialises in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and cultural history, Nicki particularly focuses on middlebrow fiction, the literature, culture and history of food, historiography, women’s writing and children’s literature. Nicki is currently looking at domestic crafts in Britain, from the eighteenth century to the present, as part of a major project that looks at the literature and culture associated, provisionally entitled Home Making: The Domestic Arts in Literature and Culture 1750-2010. She also continues her work on various aspects of the middlebrow, including middlebrow and camp and the figure of the bachelor in the masculine middlebrow.
Among the many works she has published are The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s: Class, Domesticity and Bohemianism (2001), the award-winning Culinary Pleasures: Cook Books and the Transformation of British Food (2005) and Cake: A Global History (2010), as well as and an Oxford edition of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (2000).
Nicola Humble can be found at: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/staff/Nicki-Humble/
We are delighted to announce that Professor Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia) will be joining our plenary speakers for the second Marginalised Mainstream conference.
We will be posting short biographies for each of our keynote speakers in the days to come, so you can meet our panel and be inspired by their expertise.