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Professor Charlotte Brunsdon

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Professor of Film & Television Studies

Tel: +44 2476 523511
Email: C dot M dot Brunsdon at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room A1.18
Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Charlotte Brunsdon holds a BA in English from University College London and a PhD from Birmingham, where she first conducted research in the 1970s at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. While at Warwick, Charlotte Brunsdon has taught visiting semesters in the USA at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and been a visiting scholar at other universities including Stockholm, Queensland, Southern California, New York, Northwestern, and Murcia, Spain. She is Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded ‘Projection Project’ (2014-2018), a founding member of the Midlands Television Research Group, and with John Caughie, edited the book series, Oxford Television Studies. Charlotte also serves on the editorial boards of Visual Culture in Britain, Film Quarterly, Screen and Feminist Media Studies.

Research interests

My current research is about the spaces and places of film and television which I have pursued in relation to film and television cities, ideas of medium specificity, and the changing British audio-visual landscape. I am currently completing a book on the television city (following my earlier work on London in cinema), and also researching an aesthetic and historical study of the audio-visual landscape of British film and television culture. From autumn 2014, the Projection Project aims to recontextualise our understanding of projection both inside and, increasingly, outside, the cinema, and my contribution will focus on questions of method, labour and the transition to digital.

Selected publications


  • Law and Order BFI Television Classic (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010)
  • London in Cinema: the cinematic city since 1945 (London: BFI, 2007)
  • The Feminist, the Housewife and the Soap Opera (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000)
  • Screen Tastes: Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes (London: Routledge, 1997)
  • Feminist Television Criticism 2nd edn, co- edited with Lynn Spigel (Open University Press, 2007; 1st edn 1997, co-edited with D’Acci and Spigel)
  • Everyday Television: Nationwide (with David Morley) (London: BFI, 1978)

Articles / Edited issues of journals

  • ‘Television crime series, women police and fuddy-duddy feminism’ Feminist Media Studies Vol 13.4 2013.

  • ‘The attractions of the cinematic city’ Screen 53.3 2012.

  • ‘ “It’s a film”: medium specificity as textual gesture in The Unloved and Red Road’ Journal of British Cinema and Television 9.3 2012.

  • ‘Screen Londons’ special issue, Journal of British Cinema and Television (edited with Jon Burrows), 6.2 2009

Teaching and supervision

I have developed and taught a wide range of courses, including ‘Modernity, Innovation and the Audio-visual Media’ and ‘The Cinema and the City’ for the Warwick MA, and undergraduate courses on ‘National Cinemas’ and ‘Film and Television Culture in Britain’. I am currently teaching a third year option on British Film and Television Fiction.

I have supervised a large number of PhD theses on both film and television, and several former PhD students now have successful academic careers. Recent PhD topics include ‘Television and Memory’, ‘Cinema in post-apartheid South Africa‘, ‘Cinema’s home-movie mode’, ‘The secret state in British television series’, and ‘Cinephilia and the Digital’. I am always interested to hear from potential PhD students, particularly those wishing to work on British topics.

National roles and professional associations



Undergraduate modules

FI318 British Film and Television Fiction

Postgraduate modules

The City in Film and Television