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Dr Rosie White

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, Theory and Popular Culture

Department: Humanities

Rosie joined the department as a lecturer in 1998. Her teaching and research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century fiction and popular culture, feminist theory, film and television studies.

Rosie WhiteFollowing a first degree in English Literature I developed my interest in literary theory with the MA in Contemporary Literary Studies at Lancaster, for which I received British Academy funding. My subsequent PhD thesis focussed on the novels of contemporary feminist writer Michèle Roberts. I taught part time in the departments of English and Independent Studies at Lancaster while finishing my PhD, and was fortunate enough to get a full time job at La Sainte Union College in Southampton (subsequently University of Southampton New College) immediately on completion of the PhD.  

I came to Northumbria in 1998 and took on the role of Programme Leader for the English and Film Studies degree shortly after my arrival. More recently I have been Programme Leader for the English and Creative Writing programme, and then helped to establish the MRes programmes in English and History. In 2009 I worked with colleagues across the faculty to develop a new MRes programme in Gender Studies, which was first offered in 2010/11. 

Since the PhD, my research and teaching interests have veered towards popular culture, particularly film and television studies. I also have a continuing interest in British cultural studies, together with a fascination for feminist theory. My first book, Violent Femmes: Women As Spies in Popular Culture was published in 2007 and I continue to teach and write about popular culture, cultural theory and issues of representation. I am currently working on a new book about women and television comedy, and also publishing shorter pieces in journals and edited collections that focus on particular performers’ work, such as Beryl Reid, Kathy Burke and Roseanne Barr.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 412

0191 227 3100


BA (CCAT), MA (Lancaster), PhD (Lancaster)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Published work includes material on Michèle Roberts’ fiction, on female action heroes and on the representation of women spies in popular fiction, film and television. My current research examines women and comedy on British and American television, arguing that comedy has the potential to queer our understanding of gender as either masculine or feminine.



Violent Femmes: Women As Spies In Popular Culture (Routledge, 2008).

Violent Femmes: Donne-spia de Mata Hari ad Alias (Italian edition published by Odoya, 2008).

Television Comedy and Femininity: Queering Gender (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).


Journal Articles

‘Beryl Reid Says… Good Evening: Performing Queer Identity on British Television’ Journal of European Popular Culture 5:2 (2014).

‘Ian Fleming’s James Bond and Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs Pollifax: Hard and Soft Spy Fiction’, Paradoxa, Vol 24 (2013).

‘Women are Angry!  Lizzie and Sarah as Feminist Critique’, Feminist Media Studies, 13:4 (2013).

‘Funny Women’, Feminist Media Studies, 10:3 (2010).


Book Chapters

‘Roseanne Barr: Remembering Roseanne’ in Linda Mizejewski and Vicki Sturtevant (eds), Hysterical! Women in American Comedy, (University of Texas Press, forthcoming).                                   

‘Miranda and Miranda: Comedy, Femininity and Performance’, in Claire Nally and Angela Smith (eds), Twenty-First Century Feminism: Forming and Performing Femininity (Palgrave, 2015).

‘Funny Old Girls: Women, Ageing and Television Comedy’ in Joel Gwynne and Imelda Whelehan (eds), Harleys and Hormones: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (Palgrave, 2014).

‘Quality Television and the New Woman Professional in Alias’ in Melanie Waters (ed), Women on Screen: Feminism and Femininity in Visual Culture (Palgrave, 2011).

‘You’ll be the death of me’: Mata Hari and the Myth of the Femme Fatale’ in Catherine O'Rawe (ed.), The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories, Contexts (Palgrave, 2010).

‘Television, Violence and Demons: Discussing Media Effects with the Vampire Slayer’ in Krieder, J & Winchell, M (eds), Buffy in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching with the Vampire Slayer (McFarland, 2010).

‘Englishness and Espionage: Edith Cavell as the Good Spy’ in Heroines and Heroes: Symbolism, Embodiment, Narratives and Identities, edited by Christopher Hart (Midrash Publications, 2008).

Please also view my entries in the Northumbria Research Link by clicking here.


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