Dr Jennifer Woodward

Lecturer in English Literature and Film Studies

Department of Media

Creative Edge Building CE117


Jennifer is an award winning Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and English Literature and Third Year Tutor for Film Studies.

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 adaptation and disaster narratives and has presented papers at internal, national and international conferences. Jennifer is also a reader/peer reviewer for Facta Ficta: The Journal of Theory, Narrative and Media and for Routledge’s Studies in European Cinema Journal.

Jennifer is a Student-Led Staff Award winner. At undergraduate level she has module leader responsibilities for Japanese Cinema and the Film Adaptation modules that run on both the English Literature and Film Programmes. 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 PhD supervision.

Administratively Jenifer is the Departmental Library Liaison, a representative on the Technology Enhanced Learning Steering Group and is a Sustainability Champion within the Institution.


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


LIT 1014 Beyond Books
LIT 2027 Texts In Motion
FLM 3021 Text to Screen 1
FLM 3024 Dissertation
FLM 3025 Text to Screen 2
FLM 3026 National Cinema Case Study: Japanese Cinema
HUM 4000 Critical Approaches to Postgraduate Study
HUM4003 Postgraduate Dissertation
HUM4018 Popular Culture 1880-1920
HUM 4028 Hiroshima and the Popular Imagination

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).

‘Social Criticism in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Poison Belt: Cataclysm as Contemporary British Tableau’, in Science Fiction Studies (due for publication in 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)



‘Conference Report of “Apocalypse and Authenticity” at The University of Hull, July 2017’ in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (forthcoming).

‘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;

a member of The Science Fiction Foundation;

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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