Dr Jennifer Woodward

Dr Jennifer WoodwardProgramme Leader for Film Studies and Film Studies with Film Production

Department of Media
Creative Edge Building CE117


Jennifer is Programme Leader for Film Studies and Film Studies with Film Production.

A Student-Led Staff Award winner, at undergraduate level she has module leader responsibilities for the first year’s introductory ‘How to Read a Film’ module and third year modules on Animation and the Cinema, Japanese Cinema and the Film Adaptation. Her wider teaching includes narrative theory, genre theory and film analysis more broadly.  She also teaches film adaptation, science fiction and disaster narrative at Masters level, and undertakes MRes and PhD supervision.

Alongside her Programme Leader duties, administratively Jenifer is the Film Studies third Year tutor, the Departmental Library Liaison, a representative on the Technology Enhanced Learning Steering Group and is a Sustainability Champion within the Institution.

Jennifer’s research interests focus on Science Fiction across media, disaster narratives and adaptation studies. Her PhD examined British apocalyptic works through the Victorian and Edwardian periods up to World War Two. Drawing upon Nietzsche, Carlyle and Rousseau, it drew together philosophical and historical/contextual approaches to literature as well as original, archival research. She has published on TV Science fiction, film and game adaptations and disaster narratives and has presented papers at internal, national and international conferences. Jennifer is also on the editorial committee for Gylphi Press’s SF Story Worlds series and is a reader/peer reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan, Facta Ficta: The Journal of Theory, Narrative and Media and for Routledge’s Studies in European Cinema Journal.


HEA Fellow: Teaching and Learning Support in Higher Education (2016)
PhD – ‘A Kinship of Dreams and Nightmares’: British Disaster Fiction 1898-1939, Edge Hill University, 2013
Certificate in Learning Support (Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Educational Support), City and Guilds, 2004
MA Science Fiction Studies (University of Liverpool), 2002
BA (Hons) English Literature and Language (University of Lancaster), 2001


FLM 3021 Text to Screen 1
FLM 3024 Dissertation
FLM 3025 Text to Screen 2
FLM 3026 National Cinema Case Study: Japanese Cinema
FLM3027 Animation and the Cinema
MDM 4019 Film and Media Theory and Analysis

Research Interests

Science Fiction Film, Television and Literature
British Disaster Science Fiction
Genre fiction
Popular fiction
Apocalyptic Narratives
Adaptation Studies
Narrative Theory
Edwardian fiction
Japanese Film


‘The Naismith Stratagem: Roleplaying in the Vorkosiverse’ in Una McCormack and Regina Yung Lee (eds.), Biology and Manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming).

‘Totalitarian Opportunism: Cataclysm, Nietzschean Thought and Cultural Transformation in J. J. Connington’s Nordenholt’s Million (1923)’ Journal for Religion, Film and Media (forthcoming).

‘Social Criticism in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Poison Belt: Cataclysm as Contemporary British Tableau’, in Science Fiction Studies, 45, 1, 2018.

‘R.C. Sherriff’s The Hopkins Manuscript (1939) and Transformative Disaster Fiction, in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 127, 2017.

Following the Flood: Deluge, Adaptation and the “Ideal” Woman’ in Thomas Van Parys and Ian Hunter (eds) Science Fiction across Media: Adaptation/Novelisation (Canterbury: Gylphi, 2013) (SF Storyworlds series)

‘J. Michael Straczynski’ in Mark Bould, Andrew Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction (London and New York, Routledge, 2009)


Review of Gender in Post-9/11 American Apocalyptic TV: Representations of Masculinity and Femininity at the End of the World, Eve Bennett, Critical Studies in Television (forthcoming)

Conference Report of “Apocalypse and Authenticity” at The University of Hull, July 2017’ in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 12 Dec 2017, p. 82-84

‘Review of Dramatising Disaster: Character, Event, Representation (Christine Cornea and Rhys Owain Thomas, eds)’, Science Fiction Film & Television, 9 (1). pp. 133-145.

‘Review of Splinter, Adam Roberts’, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction; No. 100, July 2008

‘Review of Mike Ashley’s Gateways to Forever’, The Times Higher Educational Supplement, May 2007

Conference Papers

2017: ‘Totalitarian Opportunism:  J. J. Connington’s Nordenholt’s Million (1923)’ at the Apocalypse and Authenticity Conference, University of Hull (11-13 July 2017)

2013: Science fiction and Adaptation, guest Speaker at Science Fiction across Media: A Symposium, (November 2013)

2010:  Panellist and speaker, The British Easter Science Fiction Convention, London

2009: “‘Following the Flood’: Deluge, Adaptation and the ‘Ideal’ Woman” ‘Science Fiction Across Media: Adaptation/Novelisation’ at K.U. Leuven, Belgium

2009:  ‘Deluge (Felix E. Feist, 1933) and the Transformed Manifestation of the Female Fantasy Figure’ British Association of American Studies Conference, Nottingham

2008:  ‘Our Last Best Hope? The Survival of British Science Fiction          Television in J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5’ Paper delivered at the Transatlantic Studies Association Conference July 2008

2008:   Co-convener of the Media Track for the World Science Fiction Convention Montreal 2009

2007: Panellist and speaker, ‘Contemplation’ (the 2007 Eastercon Science Fiction Convention and Conference)

2006:   Panellist and speaker, ‘Concussion’ (the 2006 Eastercon Science Fiction Convention and Conference)

2005:  Panellist and speaker,  ‘Interaction’ (the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention and Conference)

Professional Bodies and External Activities

Jennifer is:

A HEA Fellow

Editorial committee member for Gylphi Press’s SF Story Worlds series

A reader/peer reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan

A reader/peer reviewer for Facta Ficta: The Journal of Theory, Narrative and Media

A reader/peer reviewer for Routledge’s Studies in European Cinema Journal

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